Beware of Swimming Pool Accidents This Summer

As summer approaches and the weather becomes hotter, many people take to the swimming pools to cool off and enjoy the water. However, swimming pools present several dangers that can result in injuries and even deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3,536 people died from drowning annually in the United States from 2005 to 2014, which averages to 10 fatalities each year. There are also thousands of others who suffer pool-related injuries each year.

Important safety tips to avoid getting hurt at the swimming pool this summer include:

  • Do not, under any circumstances, leave children alone in or near the pool.
  • If a toddler or infant is near the pool, an adult should always be within arm’s reach.
  • If you have a pool at your home, ensure that a sturdy, five-foot tall fence surrounds all four sides.
  • Pool gates need to self-close and self-latch at a height that is out-of-reach to children.
  • If lifeguards are on duty, make sure they know CPR and can rescue a child if an accident occurs.
  • Whether it’s a life preserver of shepherd’s hook, have rescue equipment nearby
  • Educate your children about swimming pool safety
  • Do not swallow pool water.

If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a swimming pool accident in Missouri, contact our Kansas City personal injury attorney at DiPasquale Moore and schedule a free consultation today.