Summer has finally begun, which means kids are out of school, vacations are being planned, and more time is being spent outside. For most people in Texas, the backyard pool or local waterpark is the summer oasis for the next few months where kids will play and make memories that last a lifetime.
What most people don’t realize is that with the fun, comes the danger, and a drowning incident is more likely to happen than you think.
Even scarier, all it takes is a second.
For children younger than 15, 74% of drowning incidents occur in residential locations and emergency departments treat about 6,400 pool and spa injuries every year, according to the National Safety Council. These stats alone prove that just knowing how to swim does not mean your children or loved ones are not at risk.
While children are the most at-risk for a drowning accident, teens and young adults are not in the clear. National Safety Council says that “drownings continue to be the second leading cause of preventable death” in this age group. As both swimmers and chaperones, teens and young adults should understand the dangers and keep in mind some basic precautions that could help save a life this summer season.
- Learn CPR and rescue techniques
- Don’t consume alcohol when swimming or chaperoning children at a pool
- Never leave a child alone and don’t assume “someone else is watching them”
- Never underestimate the power of the water
- Always have a first-aid kit and emergency contacts on hand
Summer is such a wonderful time of the year that brings friends and families together. Keep these tips in mind every time you are near the water to ensure your summer fun doesn’t take a turn for the worst.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a drowning accident, call our firm at 817-440-3888 for a free case evaluation.
At Parker Law Firm, our experienced personal injury lawyers believe people matter. We are committed to our clients, not case numbers, and we believe in the power of the civil justice system. With years spent both representing accident victims and participating in the state legislative process, our founder, Brad Parker, has developed a deep understanding of the law and gained unique experience that helps him get results for his clients.