Swimming Pool Injury Attorneys in Houston, Texas
Every year, thousands of children are injured or killed when they gain access to swimming pools that should have been secured or supervised. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 3,500 people drown every year in non-boating related accidents. Young male children are the most at risk for drowning in swimming pools.
In Houston the summer’s hot weather lasts a lot longer which means kids want to spend more time in the pool at home or at a family member’s or a friend’s house. Here are some tips from Pool Safely:
- Make sure you as a parent supervise your children at all times in and around the pool area;
- Secure the pool area by installing a fence with self-locking child proof gates;
- When not in use make sure you cover your pool or hot tub;
- as parents make sure you learn CPR, and if your child is at a neighbor’s house make sure the person supervising is well versed in pool safety and CPR;
- enroll your kids in swim lessons, this is probably the best way to keep them safe and it will be a valuable skill for them growing up.
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Texas Drownings in 2017
72 deaths in Texas in less than a year is tragic. All of these accidents are entirely preventable. Harris county in Houston again leads all others with these tragic accidents. With the popularity of pools at many homes and apartment complexes, combined with the warm swim-friendly temperatures it should be every parent’s duty to enroll their kids in swim lessons.
Some of those who drowned in 2017 were teenagers aged 16 and 17 years old who were swimming or tubing down the Guadalupe river near New Braunfels. Some would say a 16 and 17 is too old to not know how to swim. And if you can’t swim you should wear a life-preserver when tubing in a river or just avoid getting in the river in the first place.
Where to get Swim Lessons in Houston for your Children
There are a number of places in Houston that can teach children of all ages to swim. The YMCA is one of the most well known in the country. Group lessons are offered for different ages including toddlers up to 36 months, preschool ages 3 to 5, pre-teens ags 5 to 12 and teenagers.
All of the classes are supervised by certified lifeguards and taught by nationally certified instructors. The YMCA is one of the best options given the number of locations in and around Houston.
Securing Your Pool or Hot Tub at Home
The best way to prevent children from drowning in swimming pools is by having sufficient barriers around the pool to prevent small children from gaining access to the attractive nuisance of a pool. Children ages 4 and under have the highest drowning rate in the United States so simple gates, covers and alarms could reduce these fatalities. Even with older children, proper swimming skills and supervision is the best way to prevent swimming pool injuries.
There are many laws that regulate the owners of swimming pools to make sure that children are not hurt. Some laws require that swimming pool areas have locked gates that can keep kids out. Other regulations require proper supervision and/or lifeguards or require adequate warning regarding the absence of a lifeguard. Swimming pools can be an attractive nuisance drawing kids to use them without recognizing the dangers involved.
For all these reasons, property owners have not excuse to have an unsecured pool that can cause children to fall or jump in without any supervision. Commercial enterprises which have swimming pools available are bound to provide proper supervision and trained lifeguards on duty to watch, protect and save any child that experiences trouble in the pool. Their failure to do this can subject them to liability if something tragic happens.
If your loved one was hurt in a swimming pool, you need to determine whether the injury could have been prevented or lessened. It usually could have been avoided. To answer these questions, you should feel free to contact pool injury lawsuit lawyer Michael P. Fleming today for a free no-obligation consultation.