Swimming is a great way to have fun, exercise, and cool off, especially
during a record-setting hot summer. Even though it can be a fun activity
for the whole family, you should still be careful. In
a recent publication, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported
that from 2012 through 2014, 76% of reported fatal drownings and 74% of
nonfatal drownings involved children under five.
This week is
Pool Safely Pledge Week, a week reminding people to take the
Pool Safely Pledge to keep themselves and their families safe. In honor of this week,
here are some tips for staying safe in and around the pool.
Teach your kids to swim. One of the best ways to prevent drowning is to know how to swim. Sign your
kids up for swimming lessons, and take swimming lessons yourself if you
don’t know how to swim either.
Supervise children. Even if your kids are great swimmers, it’s important that an adult
be watching at all times.
Check the water first. If you look around and don’t see your kid, check the water before
anywhere else. Every second counts when preventing drowning.
Never swim alone. Especially if you’re going to swim anywhere without a lifeguard,
swim with a buddy.
Use flotation devices. Have children and other inexperienced swimmers wear floaties or a life jacket.
Protect your skin. Wear sunscreen and remember to reapply often.
Secure your pool. If you have your own pool, put up a fence to keep kids from falling in.
You can also have a pool alarm or cover for added safety.
Encourage your friends and family to take the
Pool Safely Pledge in English
here or in Spanish
If your child was harmed in a swimming pool accident, you may have grounds
for a premises liability lawsuit. The
Washington DC premises liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you explore possible legal options.