Swimming Pool Safety in Arizona
Now that summer’s well underway, you’re probably already tired from keeping your kids entertained. If your neighbor or relative has a pool, you may spend an awful lot of time at their house this summer. Or you may be planning on taking vacation somewhere that has a pool. Either way, it’s important that you’re prepared to keep your kids safe around the pool this year. If something happens and your child is injured, you should call one of our Arizona injury lawyers right away.
Hundreds of Kids Die in Pool Accidents Every Year
On average, about 350 children die in pool accidents every year. While most of these could’ve been prevented, that doesn’t make it any easier for the parents. It’s important that you know what to do to keep your children safe this summer. If they’re going to be around the pool or the ocean, it’s your job to make sure they’re okay. Here are a few tips for keeping your entire family safe over the next couple of months.
Always Make Sure an Adult is Present
One of the most important rules is to always have an adult present. It doesn’t matter how old your children are, they can’t be left alone. Whether it’s a built-in pool or an above ground pool, an adult should be there to supervise. Kids love to splash and horse around while they’re swimming. They like to jump in and have a good time. There’s always a chance that something could go wrong. If that’s the case, a grown up needs to be on hand to jump in and keep the kids safe.
No Diving in Shallow Waters
Like it or not, you can’t let your kids dive in any pool. You never really know how deep a pool is. Even if there’s a diving board, it’s not worth the risk. Some people think it’s okay if there’s a lifeguard on duty. A lifeguard can’t do anything if your child splits their head open on the bottom of the pool. You’re much better off if you keep them in the pool and off the diving board.
Get Trained in CPR
It’s a good idea for all parents to be certified in CPR. If you aren’t already trained, get to a class as soon as possible. Every parent should know what to do in case of an emergency. If you’re swimming and one of the children start to drown, you may need to perform CPR. They could’ve swallowed water. They may not be able to breathe without the aid of CPR. So, get to a class
right away and make sure you’re able to help if something happens.
Floating Devices are Not Lifeguards
A lot of parents think their child is safe if they’re wearing “swimmies.” These are the small floating devices that go on a child’s arm. They help a child stay afloat when they’re learning how to swim. They also help them stay above water if they’re in the pool with their mom or dad. They are not safety devices. Your child can still drown even if they’re wearing these “swimmies”. Make sure they don’t go in the pool without unless they know how to swim.
Call an Arizona Injury Lawyer Today
Hopefully, we won’t hear from you this summer. However, if your child gets hurt in a pool accident, it’s a good idea to talk to an Arizona injury lawyer. You can sit down with one of our attorneys who have handled cases like yours before. The initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose.