Pools Can Be Fatal For Children: 7 Safety Tips to Prevent Drownings
Drowning claims the lives of over 700 children annually. It is the second leading cause of unintentional deaths for children in America. While most people would assume that these death occurr in large pools, MSNBC reported on a study conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital that showed that one child will die every five days in small portable swimming pools and wading pools. As a result, it is important to supervise your child at all times when they are playing in or around water, regardless of its depth.
Even when under appropriate supervision, kids can easily fall into pools when parents are distracted for a moment. Young children are especially at risk because they cannot call for help or splash when they are in distress.
In order to prevent your child from drowning, you can follow these 7 easy safety tips to protect your child:
1) Cover or fence-off pools (in-ground and above-ground).
2) Make sure that your portable pool is properly assembled.
3) Empty your kiddie pools after every use.
4) Make sure your children always have appropriate supervision.
5) Don't allow diving.
6) Have a removable or lockable ladder on your pool.
7) Use proper flotation devises for young children.
Remember, even if your child is a good swimmer, disaster can strike at any moment. Always supervise your children around water and be prepared to jump in at a moment's notice.
If your child has drowned due to someone else's negligence, do not hesitate to contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm at 843-277-6061 today for a FREE consultation!