Summer is upon us! It’s time to take out the swimsuits and take a plunge into that refreshing pool. The truth is that we live in South Florida – its pretty much pool season all year around.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida has the highest death rate in the nation for children under the age of 5. And over half of these deaths occur in residential pools. In 2006, the Florida Department of Health conduct a survey of residential swimming pools in Florida. Of no surprise, the Florida County with the large number of residential pools was Broward County with 113,157. West Palm Beach was second with 101,463 pools and Miami-Dade County was third with 76,477.
A few water safety tips:
Learn to Swim: Some local swim instructors will teach infants how to float at early as six months. The American Academy of Pediatrics endorses formal swimming lesson for children that are 4 years or older. If you do not know how to swim, restrict your bathing to shallow water and only in the presence of a lifeguard.
Do not Swim Alone: Always swim with a friend or a pool that has a lifeguard. Anyone can get a cramp that restricts your ability to swim and get out of the water.
Supervise Children: Children should never swim unsupervised, regardless of their swimming abilities. Children can drown within minutes and in as little as 2 inches of water.
Pool Fences: If you have a pool, place pool fences around your pool. This could easily prevent a tragedy.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. People become complacent and comfortable with their surroundings. Pool injuries and near drowning incidents can cause traumatic brain injuries, loss of memory, learning disabilities, loss of senses such as vision and hearing, loss of mobility, and death.
Pool drain systems also cause deaths. A pool drain, if the only one in the pool, can entrap the swimmer, sucking the swimmer’s skin, clothes, hair, etc.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim or lawsuit for damages against the pool owner. Call us today at 305-901-1227 for a free case evaluation.