Child Safety and Swimming Pools

Recently, a four-year-old boy almost drowned in a Disney cruise ship swimming pool. The child was pulled from a swimming pool on the ship. His parents approached the scene as emergency medical workers were taking action. An ambulance took the boy to Cape Canaveral Hospital and he was then flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Across the country, swimming pool danger is a serious concern. According to reports by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 4,200 pool or spa-related injuries per year require treatment in emergency rooms. An average of 385 deaths per year are pool or spa related. Unfortunately, Florida has the highest rate of swimming pool drowning deaths nationwide.

Sadly, many swimming pool accidents are preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends implementing the following measures to ensure pool safety:

  • Install fencing to completely surround the swimming pool
  • Make swimming lessons a priority
  • Supply life jackets to those with sub-par swimming skills
  • Provide supervision and lifeguarding
  • Learn CPR

Swimming pools, diving boards and hot tubs can be serious hazards if people do not follow proper safety protocols. An aquatic accident can result in permanent injuries, brain damage or even death. If you or your child suffered injuries in a swimming pool accident, the property owner’s negligence may be to blame. If so, a skilled Clearwater personal injury attorney can help you get compensation. Call the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A. today.

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