Summer fun in the sun can turn to tragedy in the blink of an eye. Pools, lakes and other swimming attractions flourish with visitors during the summer months – but there are very serious dangers lurking beneath the surface. Many people have a false sense of security, for themselves and their children. Preventing pool/water injuries requires vigilance and perhaps, a bit of luck.
Public pools vs. private pools vs. bodies of water all pose very different, but very real threats. Would you know what to do in an emergency if you were relaxing by your pool, a neighbor’s pool or a water park attraction? Many children can go under water without notice because more often than not, victims do not flail for help.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that from 1999-2010, over 3,800 deaths – or over 10 deaths per day, resulted from drowning in the US.
Many additional threats are prevalent in and around a pool or body of water. Depth related neck and/or back injuries can yield devastating results, slips and falls are common and general injury risk is heightened.
The American Red Cross recommends 9+ feet depth for diving, which is typically impossible in any above ground pool. It is best to restrict any entry horseplay, jumps, diving or tricks to prevent injuries.
Taking steps to prevent pool related injuries and drowning can have a profound impact. Protecting your loved ones and others that may be present is imperative. Pools can be enjoyed responsibly, with a few simple best practices!
If you or a loved one was injured in a pool related accident or tragic drowning, contact the personal injury attorneys at NRS Injury Law by filling out our No-Risk Consultation form, or call (855) GOT-HURT and speak with one of our trained staff members.