As summer approaches, more families are headed to the pool. But all pools, from small backyard inflatables to commercial water parks, are dangerous and tempting to young kids. There are about 300 pool and spa related fatalities per year for children younger than five years of age, according to the Jere Beasley Report. To protect your loved ones from drowning, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says to keep the following in mind:
- Beware of Entrapments: Suction drains in pools and spas can cause entrapments involving hair, body parts, clothing and jewelry, which can lead to death and serious injury. Do not allow children to play in a pool or hot tub/spa with missing or broken drain covers.
- Look in the Pool First: precious time is often wasted looking for missing children anywhere but in the pool. Since every second counts, always look for a missing child in the pool or spa first. Be prepared for an emergency by having rescue equipment and phone near the pool. Also, parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
If your child has suffered an accident due to the negligence of another person, call 800.637.8170 to speak to our Ohio pool accident lawyers about your case.