Drowning Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
Thousands of pools across Arizona aren’t secure and have little to no protections to keep children from falling in and drowning. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, drowning was the leading cause of death in 2016 in children older than 1 year of age and less than 4.
We all know what drowning is. It occurs when someone inhales water, doesn’t get enough oxygen, and dies. But what is “dry drowning”?
Yes, the number of children who experience drowning accidents in Arizona is growing. There were more drownings in 2016 than previous years, and it has parents and health officials worried.
Drownings are more likely during summer months when people crowd into public pools and local water spots to escape the heat. While swimming together can be a fun way to spend time with the family, there are many risks in the water, and conditions can change in a flash! Arizona isn’t immune to flash floods or other dangers, so here are a few tips to consider before spending a “day at the lake.”
It’s nearing the end of summer, though the weather outside makes it feel like it just started. And you know what that means. It means that your kids, and all the kids in your neighborhood, are going to jump into the pool every chance they get, at least until fall comes around. If you’re a safety savvy parent, then you know that this means it’s time to review the ways your kids can keep the rest of summer fun while staying safe at the pool. After all, you never know what types of accidents can come along, and you’ve got to be prepared to be the adult in the situation every time, even if it makes you uncool. Here are some of the best ways that you can keep things fun, exciting, and safe for the remainder of the summer.
Although summer is officially still a few months away, that doesn’t mean that Arizona isn’t experiencing prime pool weather or that you don’t have to think about Pinal County drowning accidents. These accidents happen far too often every year, and many of them are the result of safety being taken for granted. It’s critical to keep your mind on water safety all year round, especially since Arizona‘s great climate allows pools to be in operation every day of the year for your enjoyment and that of your family. If you have children, even teenagers, who are already enjoying the water and the rays of the sun with temperatures up to 77 degrees, you need to be aware of these five tips for keeping your kids safe and keeping drowning accidents to a minimum for your family, and your neighborhood.
As an adult, you probably believe that an Avondale adult swimming accident will never happen to you. However, more than 60 adults visit the emergency room every year for drowning related injuries, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS). Adults in Avondale and throughout Arizona can experience drowning and other swimming accident injuries as a result of many different situations, the most common being:
- An accident involving boats, jet skis, or water skis
- Rough housing or horsing around in the water or on the edges of the water
- Mixing alcohol and water activities
- Going out to engage in water-related activities in the dark or while exhausted
Many people believe that drownings only happen to small children, but this is a misconception. Statistics show that Arizona has the second highest drowning accident rate in the United States, and according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS), adults are just as likely, if not more likely, to drown in an accident than children are. Statistics show that around 100 people die in Arizona each year in drowning incidents. Around 70 percent of these incidents typically involve people aged 20 and older. Although children between the ages of zero and four are most susceptible to drowning incidents, adults aged 65 and older are close behind, followed by those between the ages of 20 and 24.
Prevention for Arizona Drowning Accidents
Preventing Arizona drowning accidents amongst all people is not as difficult as it may seem. Children should always be supervised when engaged in water activities. Adults can keep themselves safe by practicing these drowning prevention guidelines:
- Avoid drinking when swimming or engaging in other water activities. Alcohol is an inhibitor and can make you do unsafe things that you would never do sober.
Summer is in full swing, bringing the hot weather and pool parties with it. But this warm weather has brought more than just fun in the sun and water back to Arizona. It has also brought back a stark reminder that an Arizona child drowning accident can happen at any time.
Recent reports by the Children Safety Zone have indicated that nineteen adults have died since the beginning of 2013 in drowning accidents. Also reported was the death of five children under 5 years old, and one child under 18. There have been 80 water-related incidents since January. According to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, in recent years, the number of children who have died as a result of drowning was five times greater than the number who died in fires or of burns.
When you think about potential Glendale infant drowning accidents, you think about lakes, rivers, and swimming pools. In reality, there are many more hazards that can play a role in child drowning accidents, especially for infants who have not yet learned and cannot grasp the idea of many different types of dangers. Some of the most common and most easily overlooked household hazards include:
- Backyard ponds and fountains, where children will be tempted to splash around, or play with fish that live in the water;
- Toilets, washing machines, filled bathtubs, large buckets filled with water for cleaning purposes, and sinks filled with water for dishes;
- Ditches and holes dug for fence posts that have filled with water due to rain or other accumulation.
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