With temperatures rising, it is no surprise that the urge for everyone to get outside and into some fresh air is more than overwhelming. Summers are usually the time when people take vacations and outdoor activities thrive. One of the most popular forms of relaxation during the summer months is swimming. Although swimming is a pleasurable and cooling activity, it can also be a dangerous one. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the top cause of children’s death between the ages of 1 and 4 is accidental drowning. Young children are most at risk for accidental drownings, however, these types of accidents can happen to anyone.
Houston law requires that semi-public pools be inspected for safety. Records from the Houston Health Department shows that Houston inspects roughly 3,800 pools each year. Usually, around 1/3 of the pools inspected have some sort of violation, with the most common violations being pool chemical imbalance and deficient fencing or gates. Public pools should also have trained lifeguards ready to assist pool attendees.
Private pools are a different story, however. Some people have pools or lakes available for use in the privacy of their own home. Although these pools aren’t subject to yearly inspection, the owners still have a duty to ensure the safety of those using the pool. Rules should be put in place at these private residences such as:
- Making sure the pool is only accessible when the owner is present
- Kids are not allowed to swim alone, regardless of if they know how to swim or not.
- Young children should not be allowed near the pool without parental supervision
- The ladder used for above-ground pools should be taken away when the pool is not in use
How to Prevent Pool Drownings?
There are a number of things parents, guardians, and care givers can do to help prevent drowning accidents:
- Keep children from swimming alone
- If hosting a pool party, designate a responsible adult to supervise the pool at all times
- Keep an eye on small children
- Provide swimming lessons to increase water safety
- Keep an adequate fence or gate around the pool area
- Learn CPR and First Aid procedures in case medical care is needed
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Drowning or near-drowning experiences are horrifying events for parents and their children. If your child has been the victim of a drowning or near-drowning accident due to the negligence of a pool owner, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney in Houston who is experienced with these types of cases. Call (713) 524-8139 or go online to speak with an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your legal options really are.