Water Safety Critical This Year to Avoiding Arizona Child Drowning Accidents
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.
Children and adults who are involved in near-drowning accidents may suffer a traumatic brain injury due to a lack of oxygen. The Phoenix Children’s Hospital reports that around 10 percent of children who are injured in near-drowning accidents will suffer permanent brain damage. The impact of traumatic brain injury on a family can be devastating. Children suffering from permanent brain injuries often need round the clock care, making it impossible for one parent to continue working.
Pool Safety Tips to Help Avoid Arizona Child Drowning Accidents
With pool weather already in full swing, it is critical for parents to remember these tips for water safety.
- Never allow children under the age of five, or those who cannot swim, around a water source without adult supervision.
- Teach your children to swim at an early age.
- Before you let your child play at another home with a pool, make sure there will be adult supervision at all times.
- Get certified in CPR, and ensure that your child caretakers are also certified.
- Teach your children pool safety rules that they can use in every situation—never go near a pool, do not attempt to retrieve toys that have fallen in, and, if another child is playing dangerously in or around water, get an adult.
The outcome of a child drowning accident is never easy to bear. If your child was injured or killed by drowning due to the negligence of another person, you should speak with an attorney to help you make things right for yourself, your child, and your family. The Husband and Wife Law Team can’t begin to understand the grief you and your family must be feeling, but they are here for you to help you cope with the financial burdens after a loss or an injury. Give Mark and Alexis Breyer a call today to see how they can help you.