Drowning is a quick, silent event. It takes only a few minutes for a child to drown and often happens quietly when an unsupervised child is near water. Typically, drowning victims cannot cry for help or make any kind of sound.
Swimming pools should be carefully monitored to ensure no one accidentally falls in and puts their self at risk of drowning. This is especially true if you have pets and small children.
If you take the right precautions, drowning deaths can be prevented.
Surround your pool with a childproof fence at least 60 inches tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. A gate that is correctly secured can go a long way in keeping your pool safe against such accidents. It is vital to keep the gate secured when the pool is not in use. Securing the gate to a swimming pool can be done in just a few minutes.
Keep rescue equipment, a phone and important emergency numbers near the pool area, so that you never have to leave the pool area in the event of an emergency. Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Assign an adult who knows how to swim to be a “water watcher” during pool parties. Just because a child has had swimming lessons doesn’t mean they are “drown proof”. Don’t rely or depend on flotation devices to keep your child safe.
Simple precautions save lives.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. Thousands of children suffer brain damage because of inadequate supervision or defective pool gates and fences.
A swimming pool accident can be a devastating event not just for the victim, but for the entire family. If a loved one has been involved in a swimming pool accident, contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorney immediately. Many times, families just need to have questions answered or would like to discuss their options. Other times, it may be necessary for an attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent person.
Call the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck for the answers you need at this stressful time and for the help you need and deserve.