Swimming Safety Tips To Prevent Swimming Pool Accident Injuries And Drowning
Swimming may be a fun, active, and healthy sport but it also can be very dangerous if your child does not know how to swim properly or there is no supervision. In fact, swimming pool accidents are more common than one may think.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), close to 350 children, ages five and under, have drowned in residential swimming pools each year and on average, 3,600 children go to the emergency room after near-drowning incidents a year.
Living in Michigan poses a higher threat than most states for the potential of tragedies in water. This is because of our numerous swimming pools, ponds, and lakes in our Great Lakes State. In fact, in Michigan, drowning is the number two reason for the unintentional death of children fourteen and under.
Always remember to NEVER ever leave a child unattended while in water, even if it is for a second. Always have some sort of adult supervision, and never put another child in charge of another. In fact, taking a swim with them is a great way to keep an eye on them and cool yourself off in the hot summer weather.
Other possible ways to protect your child is to have them wear a bright bathing suit and make sure to lock the gates to the pool when you are not using it.
One of the best ways to keep children safe in the water is by enrolling them in swimming lessons. In addition to private classes, many non-profit organizations, such as your local YMCA, routinely offer swim lessons to the public.
Our Michigan child injury lawyers would like to give special thanks to Chris McCuiston, owner of Goldfish Swim School (www.goldfishswimschool.com) in Birmingham & Novi for providing these great tips. The Buckfire children are all students of this great swim school.
If your child suffers injuries due to a swimming pool accident, call our office immediately at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan child injury lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.