With the warm weather coming to Massachusetts, our kids will be looking for the closest pool or swimming hole to cool off. Parents need to know the basic rules of safety so that a day at the pool or beach does not result in serious personal injury or death.
Each day, about 10 people die in unintentional drownings across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these victims are young children. For every person who dies, many more are treated in hospitals for non-fatal submersion injuries. Alcohol use is involved in up to half of teen and adult deaths associated with water recreation.
Many of these injuries were preventable had parents followed the basic safety rules for pools and swimming, including:
- Residential pools must be secured by a fence at least four feet tall.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- If you have a home spa, use a child-proof locked safety cover to keep children out.
- Before allowing kids to dive, make sure the water is at least 10 feet deep.
- Always watch your children when they are in the water, even if they know how to swim. Do not drink alcohol if you are supervising young swimmers.
- Adults watching a group of children swim should assign at least one adult to the exclusive task of watching the children.
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The Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck are experienced in handling cases involving swimming pool accidents, premises liability, negligence and wrongful death. If you have been injured in a swimming pool accident, contact us today for a free legal consultation at 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.