Swimming is a favorite activity in Florida, as the weather is warm and sunny most of the year. While swimming can be a fun and memorable thing to do, it can also be very dangerous, especially for children. Unfortunately, child swimming pool injuries and fatalities in Florida are common occurrences. The good news is that there are a number of safety precautions that can be implemented to prevent such harm.
If your child has sustained an injury or passed away in a Florida swimming pool accident, consult an experienced Fort Lauderdale swimming pool injury attorney at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs. Attorney David Fuchs will help determine liability and might be able to recover compensation on your behalf.
Child swimming pool accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. However, they are often the result of:
When children are swimming in a pool and there isn’t a trained lifeguard or trustworthy adult watching them, an accident is likely to arise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a child may drown in as little as five minutes when they are unsupervised near a pool. It’s important for children to always be supervised and/or for adults to be in the water with them.
The drains in swimming pools can be dangerous for young children. Therefore, federal law requires that all swimming pools have anti-entrapment devices installed to prevent the hair, clothing, and limbs of swimmers from being caught in the drainage system. Swimming without these devices can lead to fatalities.
While swimming pools themselves can be a hazard, the areas around them can pose a risk as well. Since most swimming pool decks are made of concrete, they can easily become slippery and cause slip and fall accidents when children are running around the pool.
Swimming pool accidents, injuries, and fatalities involving children can be prevented by taking the following safety precautions:
Children should always be supervised when they are in or around a swimming pool. If they are younger, a parent or lifeguard needs to be in the pool with them, as drowning can occur quickly with those who are not confident swimmers yet.
It’s important to have easy access to pool safety equipment when your child is in the pool. There should always be a flotation device that they can receive in the event of an emergency as well as a phone, basic first aid kit, and other relevant items.
While it’s impossible to eliminate all rough play with children, kids should know that pools are not a safe place for running or horseplay. As a parent, it’s vital for you to encourage your child to walk slowly around the pool and be on their best behavior when they are swimming.
When children dive into shallow water, serious injuries are bound to occur. Do not give your child permission to dive in water that is less than six feet deep. It’s also a good idea for them to avoid diving altogether until they become an experienced and confident swimmer.
If your child has been injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, reach out to the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs right away. It can be tragic when a fun activity like swimming leads to a disaster, and attorney David Fuchs is here to protect your legal rights. Call us at (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out online to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.