California residents leads the nation in hot tub ownership. Knowing that, it is therefore no surprise that statistically Californian’s are also three times more likely to drown in a hot tub than residents of any other state.
Despite California being the leading owners of hot tubs a study prepared by Scripps Howard News service reviewed the mortality records from the years of 1999 to 2003 and found that states such as Wyoming and New Mexico had an unusually high reporting of death due to drownings. In most of these hot tub fatalities, alcohol was involved.
While swimming pool drownings most often involve youths, hot tub drownings deaths are almost always among adult people between the ages of 5 and 64. Why are fatalities in hot tubs almost always associated with able-bodied adults?
Liability in swimming pool drowning or swimming pool injury cases will inevitably involve the question of supervision at the time of injury or drowning, especially in cases involving children.
Below are some tips that can reduce the risk of drowning or swimming pool injury.
Much like the ‘designated driver’ the supervising adult at swimming functions needs to limit and/or completely refuse alcoholic beverages. Inebriation will reduce the reaction time of the adult, may cause sleepiness or excessive talking which can distract the ‘supervising adult. Inebriation can also lead to poor judgement by the supervising adult.