Stockton Pool Safety Tips


Stockton Pool Safety Tips

Stockton Swimming Pool Safety Tips

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. With warm summer temperatures just around the corner, young and old alike will likely head to the pool or to outdoor water areas. Before you go, take a minute to review water safety tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Water Safety

  • Adults need to supervise children around water. If a child is near the pool or in a bath tub, an adult should be close enough to touch him or her. The adult should focus on the child without doing anything else, including talking, texting or spending time on the phone.
  • Teach young children how to swim to reduce the risk of drowning. Even so, children need continual supervision when they are in the water. Furthermore, formal swimming lessons cut the risk of drowning for children between the ages of one and four.
  • There’s safety in numbers. Swim with a friend and look for pools that have lifeguards available.
  • Do not drink alcohol around the water or before you boat, water ski or swim or if you are watching children.
  • Check the weather report before you boat or swim. Stay out of the water during a thunderstorm as lightening could be deadly.
  • If you or a relative suffers from seizures, consider avoiding baths and taking showers instead. Swim or boat with someone else present.
  • Take the time to learn CPR. While you are waiting for emergency personnel to arrive in a drowning, use CPR as it could save the victim’s life. The sooner a bystander starts CPR, the better the likelihood of an improved outcome.
  • Use life jackets on children in the water, not foam or air-filled toys as these will not protect a swimmer.
  • Don’t let children or others play games or contests that involve holding their breath as long as possible as they might pass out.
  • Life jackets could possibly prevent about half of all deaths by drowning while boating.

An Overview of Swimming Abilities

In a Centers for Disease Control study, people reported about their ability to swim. The research indicated that:

  • Women report less swimming ability than men.
  • African Americans report the lowest amount of swimming ability of the races.
  • Older adults report less swimming ability than younger adults.
  • The less educated a person is, the lower their swimming ability.

Water related accidents happen even when you are diligent about pool safety. A pool owner’s negligence could contribute to devastating injuries or even the death of a loved one.

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