With summer fast approaching, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently urged parents to follow several safety tips that can help prevent pool and spa accidents. Since January of this year, there have been reports of 37 drowning and 38 near-drowning incidents reported in the United States, most of which could have been avoided by following CPSC safety guidelines.
According to the CPSC, water safety can be classified into three categories: 1) Behavioral – actions that are associated with action and personal responsibility; 2) Equipment – actions that are associated with having proper barriers and safety equipment to prevent accidents, such as fences and drain covers; and 3) Knowledge – actions that are associated with knowing how to swim, knowing CPR, and other water safety-related activities. Safety tips encompassing all three categories should be followed.
The CPSC recommends that pool and spa owners adhere to the following safety tips to keep themselves, their family, and their visitors safe:
- A child should never be left unattended in a pool or spa and should always be monitored when they are close to a pool or spa;
- A phone should be kept close by whenever anyone is using a pool or spa;
- Children should be taught how to swim, as well as basic water safety;
- Children should be kept away from pool pipes, drains, and other openings to prevent entrapment;
- A pool or spa should be checked first if a child is missing to prevent drowning accidents;
- Learn how to perform CPR on both children and adults;
- A four-foot fence should be installed around a pool or spa;
- Be sure any pool or spa that is used has a compliant drain cover;
- Life-saving equipment such as floats or life rings should be close by for easy access; and
- Pool and spa covers should be maintained in good working order.
If your child has suffered any pool- or spa-related injury, contact the Philadelphia pool safety attorneys at Anapol Weiss today. We can help you determine whether you have a valid claim against a negligent property owner as well as advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation. To learn how our lawyers can help you, call 1-866-735-2792 today.