The family pool should be a magnet for summer activity – a focal point for family holidays, backyard barbecues and impromptu neighborhood get-togethers.
While children tend to gravitate to the family pool more than anyone else, they also suffer more of the consequences of neglect for their safety: Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4, according to the CDC.
The personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez know better than anyone: "should be" can become reality when taking steps to ensure children’s personal safety. We turn to the American Red Cross to help ensure your pool remains a magnet for summer activity and safety:
Personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas urge you to "play safe"
- Secure the perimeter of your pool with a fence or barrier that stands at least 4 feet tall and features a self-closing, self-latching gate.
- Consider installing a pool alarm that will alert you as soon as someone enters the gate.
- Ensure everyone in your home is a competent swimmer and knows emergency, CPR and first aid procedures.
- Keep a phone within reach at all times and train even the youngest swimmers how to dial 911 in an emergency.
- Always stay in the water with young children. Stray no further than an arm's length so you can pluck them to safety if they happen to go under water.
- Never leave small children alone in a pool, even if you're dashing indoors "for 10 seconds." Children can ingest enough water in that amount of time to drown.
- Insist everyone in your pool – no matter their age – choose a "swim buddy" who will remain at their side constantly. No one should ever swim alone.
- Require young, inexperienced swimmers to wear a life jacket.
- Enforce a "walk, don't run" rule near your pool; drownings can result from slips or falls that render a child unconscious before falling into the water.
- Place a cover on your pool when you're done using it and also remove the ladder or steps used to access it.
Personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas recommend online course
The Red Cross, along with the National Swimming Pool Foundation, offers an online course that teaches home pool owners how to prevent a pool tragedy as well as how to maintain a safe and healthy pool. The two-hour course is particularly well suited to:
- Daycare workers
- Child service organizations
- Home inspectors
- Health advocates
- Group homes
The personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez view this course as an investment – and one that will equip you with the information you need to keep your summer accident-free. However, if you do sustain an injury this summer, call us at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation and we will guide you to calmer waters – just as we have done for hundreds of water lovers throughout Nevada.