Summer months provide ample opportunity for residents across Florida to
cool off and enjoy the water in swimming pools. While pools can be a great
source of entertainment or exercise, they do pose risks, especially to
children. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) reports that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death
among children ages 1 to 4. Many of these preventable deaths occur in
If you and your loved ones are enjoying the summer months with time by
the pool, it is important that you make safety a top priority. Our legal
team at Boswell & Dunlap, LLP wants to provide you with a few important
safety tips to help you do just that:
Supervision – Supervision is one of the most important things you can do when
it comes to swimming, as children face the greatest risks of injuries
and drownings when they use pools unsupervised. Whether you’re at
a backyard pool or a public pool, be sure that children are supervised
at all times when near or in the water.
Swimming skills – Unintentional drowning and near-drowning events can be prevented
when children and adults have adequate swimming skills. During the summer,
there are many swimming classes available at local youth programs, as
well as many swimming instructors who advertise their services. Ensuring
that your children and anyone using the pool knows how to swim is critical
to ensuring their safety, but it still does not eliminate the need for
Emergency response – When accidents happen in or near swimming pools, it can take time
for emergency medical crews to respond and administer aid. As such, you
can protect your loved ones by learning CPR and other emergency response
techniques that can make the difference when it matters most.
Pool fencing – If you have a pool, installing a barrier or fencing around its
perimeter can prevent unsupervised access, especially by children. Safety
experts recommend four-sided fencing around pools, which can reduce drowning
risks by as much as 80 percent.
Alcohol use – Summer pool parties commonly involve celebrations and alcohol,
but it is important to ensure that alcohol is used responsibly. Alcohol
is a contributing factor in up to 70% of injuries and deaths involving
water recreation, according to the CDC, which is why it should be consumed
wisely when swimming and supervising others.
Making safety a priority can help you protect yourself and your loved ones
from being harmed in preventable swimming pool accidents. Unfortunately,
not everyone takes reasonable measures in protecting the safety of others.
When homeowners, public pool facilities, and operators of private pools
fail to provide safe premises for visitors and guests who suffer injuries
as a result of their negligence, they can potentially be held liable for
their damages when victims file
personal injury claims.
At Boswell & Dunlap, LLP, our Polk County personal injury attorneys
are available to help victims and families protect their rights following
preventable injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured as a
result of a swimming pool accident, of have suffered injuries while on
another’s property, we can help you better understand your rights
and learn whether you might have a valid claim for compensation. To discuss
a potential case,
contact us for a FREE consultation.