Swimming is known as a common recreational activity for the family, especially during the summer. However, it can also lead to deaths or injuries in the event of a drowning accident.
Records from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in 2007, about 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings occurred in the United States.
Children are more susceptible to drowning injuries because many of them do not know how to swim. Statistics show that in 2007, 30 percent of all unintentional deaths involving children from 1 to 4-years-old resulted from drowning. Although the number of drowning accidents already declined, it still stands as one of the leading causes of unintentional injury for children.
As a parent, you are responsible in keeping your child safe. You may protect him from drowning accidents or save him when they occur by doing the following:
- Supervise your child - You should not leave your child alone while he is taking a bath, swimming, or playing around the pool. If you have to work or go somewhere else, you should ask another adult to do the task.
- Do not get drunk while you are supervising your child- You may not be able to rescue your child in the event of an accident if you are already impaired by alcohol.
- Learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - When an accident happens, it might take minutes before paramedics arrive so it is better if you know how to perform this life-saving first aid treatment.
- Know the weather forecast- You should first listen to the weather forecast before you and your child go out for a swim. If a storm is coming, it will be better if you cancel your plans and just stay inside the house.
- Require your child to use a life jacket- Your child should wear a life jacket, especially when he is boating. This tool will save him from drowning when an accident happens.
- Remove toys that are in or near the pool- Your child may be tempted to jump into the water if he sees that his toys are in the pool or are scattered along the surrounding areas.
- Place a phone near the pool- Having a phone near the pool will enable you to call for immediate medical assistance if your child drowns.
Taking Legal Action
If your child was involved in a drowning accident while he is on another's property, you are entitled to sue the property owner in order to recover monetary damages. You will be able to prove his negligence by consulting a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.