As warmer weather approaches, more and more of us will visit public and private swimming pools to take a break from the summer heat. As relaxing as swimming can be, water-based activities can carry a risk of drowning or injury. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average 10 people lose their lives in fatal drowning accidents each day. If a drowning death occurred due to someone else’s negligence you may be able to recover through a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit. Peachtree City wrongful death attorney Shane Smith is dedicated to helping the families of decedents recover, and is committed to holding the responsible parties liable to the fullest extent possible.
While all water-related activity carries some risk, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce the risk of water related injury happening to you or your loved ones. The CDC recommends that people take the following safety precautions when swimming:
- Supervise children – always designate an adult to supervise children in a bath or who are swimming or playing in water. With preschool age children it is important to be able to reach them quickly should an emergency arise.
- Incorporate a “buddy system” – Always swim with at least one other person. In addition, whenever possible swim with a lifeguard present.
- Be aware if anyone has a seizure disorder – If you or your family have a disorder that may cause seizures, make sure that there is always a person designated to supervise that person. In addition, use life jackets when boating, and take baths rather than showers.
- Swimming lessons – swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning. Swimming lessons do not take the place of other safety measures, however, and even children who have had swimming lessons should be supervised when in or around water.
- Pool fencing – pools should have barriers around them that are sufficient to keep young children without adult supervision away from the pool
These are just some of the safety tips recommended by the CDC. To view the full list, click here.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a pool accident that you believe may be the result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experience Peachtree City personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. There are many ways in which a public or private pool owner could be liable for injuries, and our attorneys are dedicated to making sure that parties at fault for injuries are held responsible. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated Fayetteville injury attorneys who strive to get each client the best possible outcome in each case we handle. To schedule a free consultation, please call our office today at (770) 487-8999.