Summer Safety: How to Prevent a Swimming Pool Accident

The summer season in Maryland brings many opportunities for outdoors fun, and one exhilarating way to beat the summer heat is to go for a swim. Swimming pools are a source of refreshing fun for people of all ages, but children are unfortunately at risk for a drowning- or swimming-related accident if not properly supervised and if the pool is not outfitted with safety equipment, such as a fence. Annually, over 1,000 children in the U.S. die in a swimming-related accident and over 5,000 are hospitalized. In addition, poolside and swimming-related accidents are the second leading cause of death of children under age 14. The following are safety tips to help you prevent a Maryland swimming pool accident courtesy of Install four-sided fencing that completely separates the pool area from the house and yard. The fence should be at least four feet high, and should have self-closing and self-latching gates that open outwards with latches that are out of the reach of children in order to prevent a child injury accident. After aquatic fun, remove floats, balls, and other pool toys from the pool and surrounding area so children aren’t tempted to enter the pool area unsupervised. Keep appropriate[…..]

CPSC Recall of Pool and Spa Drain Covers Strengthens CPSC Swimming Pool Safety Campaign

Warm weather and swimming season are finally here and so is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2nd annual pool safety campaign “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives.” As a national public education campaign, it complies with the Virginia Gaeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, as it aims to reduce the number of child drowning, near-drowning, and entrapment incidents that occur in swimming pools and spas. The goal of this campaign is even more important now, due to the CPSC recall of approximately one million in-ground spa and swimming pool drain covers. This recall affects pool and spa drain covers manufactured by eight different companies and is the result of a potential entrapment hazard caused by the improper rating of the drain covers to handle the flow of water. This increases the risk or injury or even drowning for swimmers, bathers, and especially children who become submerged in the pool or spa. The affected drain covers were manufactured by Aqua Star Pool Products Inc. of California, A&A Manufacturing of Arizona, Pentair Water Pool and Spa of North Carolina, Color Match Pool Fittings of Arizona, Hayward Pool Products of New Jersey, Custom Molded Products of Georgia, Waterway Plastics of[…..]

Drowning is a Silent Killer

When most of us think of a drowning, we think of a victim splashing and yelling for help, even though that is rarely the case, according to the Chicago Tribune. Typically, a person may cry for help only at the very beginning of distress while swimming. The distress period usually lasts between 20 seconds and three minutes, although it is a much shorter period of time for children. When a person is in serious trouble, they are usually silent. This is because the body begins self-preservation, which shuts down bodily functions. Usually, a drowning victim will not have the use of his legs, but will be able to move his or her arms. The victim’s mouth will be open and going above and below the water. A drowning victim often appears to be dog paddling. Children must be very closely supervised when in or near water, especially if they are not strong swimmers. A child who is drowning usually appears to be playing. Many children have drowned while their parents were nearby; sometimes even watching them swim, because the parents were not alert to the signs of drowning. According to the Center for Disease Control, there were on average, 10[…..]

How to Prevent Swimming Pool Accidents

Each year in the United States, approximately 300 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools. Emergency room treatment is required for 2,000 children each year under the age of 5 due to being submerged in a residential swimming pool. Seventy-five percent of the children who drowned or were treated for submersion were between the ages of 1 and 3. The majority of swimming pool victims were being supervised by one or both parents when the accident occurred. Most of the swimming pool drownings or submersions occurred in a child’s family’s or friend’s pool. Less than two percent of the accidents occurred as a result of a child trespassing on a stranger’s property. The speed with which a drowning can occur is astonishing – 77 percent of swimming pool drowning victims had been gone less than 5 minutes. In addition, these are typically silent deaths. There is unlikely to be splashing or yelling that could alert adults to the danger. How do you keep your swimming pool safe? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that a pool barrier should be at least 48 inches high to prevent young children from climbing over it. If the barrier is[…..]

Maryland Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys

Summer is now in full swing and hope it turns out to be a great one for everyone out there. However, we all know that sometimes, summer fun can turn dangerous or even deadly. Swimming pool accidents and poolside injuries are the number two cause of death in children 14 and younger. Swimming pool accidents in Maryland can result in death. But they can also cause submersion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, concussions and spinal cord injuries. In Maryland, if you are a homeowner and a visiting child drowns in your pool as a result of your negligence or inattention, you could be liable for that accident and resulting injuries. Backyard swimming pool accidents occur most commonly in Maryland. Recently, WBALTV reported that a 3-year-old girl died in backyard swimming pool accident in Annapolis, Maryland. The girl was apparently found to be in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at the home. Each state’s swimming pool laws vary; however, pool owners are generally expected to exercise a reasonable standard of care when it comes to visitors using their pool facilities. This includes an obligation to accurately post pool depth and other warning signs, to cover an unused pool, and to properly secure[…..]