The drowning accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. want you to know that May is Water Safety Month. Water safety month is a campaign proclaimed by many local and county governments throughout the United States that recognizes the "popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 1999–2010, a total of 49,762 deaths from drowning occurred in the United States, an average of 4,147 deaths per year. In addition, research shows that males and females between the ages of 1 to 4 are at the highest risk of drowning. These statistics are eye opening, because being safe in the water is something you’d think everyone is already practicing.
The personal injury law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represents clients who have suffered serious injuries or drowned in a Michigan drowning accident. We handle cases for both children and adults injured in all types of drowning accidents, including in natural bodies of water, swimming pools, hot tubs, or whirlpools.
This month is a great reminder to remind all parents and other adults to be safe in all bodies or water and recreational pools. According to the National Swimming Hall of Fame (NSHOF), these are a few water safety tips that they recommend, including:
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
- Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
- Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings.
- Post CMP instructions and learn the procedures.
- Keep rescue equipment poolside such as a defibrillator, first aid kit, etc.
- Don’t use floatation devices as a substitute for supervision.
- Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
- Don’t assume you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
For more information on your rights after a drowning accident in Michigan, call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced drowning injury lawyers about your case. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.