They are among the most heartbreaking cases Las Vegas personal injury attorneys ever encounter: the drowning of small children in the family pool.
Tragically, every day, about 10 Americans drown, and half of them are children age 14 and under, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, what the CDC calls "nonfatal drowning injuries" cause "severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities and permanent loss of basic functioning."
Since May is National Water Safety Month, the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez believe the time is ideal to pass along safety tips from the Red Cross, Children's National Health System and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These safety tips will help keep you and your children safe – and spare you the emotional trauma suffered by so many families who have sought the help of the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez.
Be a prepared swimmer
- Ensure that everyone in your home is a good swimmer. If they're not, enroll them in an age-appropriate swimming class.
- Learn basic water rescue skills and CPR.
- Prepare for emergencies by keeping a first aid kit and flotation devices near your pool.
- Keep a phone near your pool at all times, and make sure younger children know how to dial 9-1-1.
Secure your pool
- Install a fence at least 4 feet tall around your pool and secure it with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
- Install door alarms if your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around your pool. The alarm should sound on any door that leads from your house to the pool area.
- Install pool and gate alarms that will alert you as children approach the pool.
- Place a cover on your pool when it is not in use and remove ladders or steps used to gain access to it.
Practice smart pool safety
- Place very young or "student swimmers" in a life jacket until they become competent, independent swimmers.
- Actively supervise children who are in your pool at all times. Remain within arm's reach of younger children.
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment.
- Insist that people of all ages choose a "swim buddy." No one should ever swim alone in your pool.
Las Vegas personal injury attorneys can help
Unfortunately, even when people do take precautions, accidents take place in and around the family pool as well as at neighbors' pools where people do not take pool safety as seriously as you do. In this caseIf you are faced with this unfortunate situation, reach out to the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. We know the importance of pool safety and will fight for you if your child or loved one is hurt in a swimming pool accident. Call 702-388-4476 for a free consultation today.