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Summer Pool Safety: Facts & Myths

Emergency room professionals have their own name for the lazy days kids look forward to during the summer: trauma season. Unfortunately, summer is when hospitals see a spike in drownings and heat-related accidents.

Swimming Pool Drowning Update 9/13/12: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release today stating that at least 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in a pool or spa during the summer 2012 season, which began on Memorial Day (May 28) and ended on Labor Day (Sept. 3). In addition to the fatalities, another 168 children required emergency medical treatment for accidents that occurred in pools and spas during that period. Click here to learn more.

Free Pool Drowning Accident Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been unfortunate enough to have been involved in a pool accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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What’s the problem?

The following are some of the biggest misconceptions about popular summertime pool activities:

Myth: So long as adults are around, pool parties are safe.
Fact: Many drownings occur when adults are close by. The problem is too much commotion. There should always be a designated adult watching the water because that is where the danger is.

Myth: Floaties keep little ones safe in the water.
Fact: Floaties are designed for fun, not safety. They give a false sense of security, can deflate, and slip off.

Myth: Children only need to drink when they are thirsty.
Fact: By the time a child is thirsty, he or she is already dehydrated. If a child weighs 100 pounds or less, he or she should be drinking 5 or 6 ounces of water or sports drink every 15 minutes.

Myth: The kids will be fine in the pool for the short time it takes to answer the phone or get a cold drink.
Fact: It takes less than a minute for a child to go under water. In two to three minutes, a child can lose consciousness. In four or five, a child can suffer irreversible brain damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional death for children 1 to 14 years old, second only to car and transportation-related accidents.

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