With the temperature reaching 100°F this week, we can safely proclaim that summer, and consequently pool season, is here. Pool season draws out children and adults alike who want to cool off and have some fun in the sun; but, it is also a source of accidents, some of which can be a life-altering drowning accident. With the CDC reporting that 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, this article will address how to mitigate drowning accidents and injuries arising from a swimming pool.
Who Is At Risk
As Phoenicians and visitors grab their pool gear, the first question to ask is: Who is at risk? According to the CDC, there are two noticeable categories: (1) children, and; (2) males. In the former category, children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates. Worse, most of the incidents happen at a home swimming pool. In the latter category, males, no matter what age, dominate the fatal drowning percentage by accounting for 80% overall.
Influencing Factors of Pool Accidents and Drownings
There exist a variety of reasons of why pool accidents and drownings occur. Most of which are unintentional. Nonetheless, liability may extend to the homeowner of a swimming pool. Thus, here are some of the most common factors that increase the risk of pool drowning accidents and injuries:
- Lack of swimming ability
- Lack of a proper barrier—gate with lock
- Lack of supervision
- Inadequate maintenance of the pool and/or its barriers
- Flotation devices
The first step to proper summer safety would be addressing the above risks. It is important to note that not every incident will result in a fatal drowning accident. There are actually three types of drowning accidents, and those can be found here.
As summer approaches, it is important to dive into pool season knowledgeable of the common risks that a swimming pool brings. If you, or someone you love, has experienced a pool drowning accident or injury, it is recommended to contact a personal injury attorney immediately to assess your case. The Law Offices of Michael Cordova, a personal injury law firm located in Phoenix, is experienced in dealing with pool drowning accidents and injuries, and our attorneys will guide you through the legal process during this traumatic time for your family.Tags: pool, pool drowning accident, pool injury, pool safety, safety, safety tips, summer