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Phoenix Pool Injuries and Pool Safety
Arizona's climate lends people to spending more time in the pool. As a result, pool safety is even more important because there is more exposure to the pool for adults and children. More homes in Arizona seem to have pools in the backyard compared to colder environments. Any where there is a water it is important to have an understanding of pool safety. No one is ever safe around a pool and it is always important to be extra cautious around a pool especially when there is young children in the pool area.
Pool safety is something everyone should keep in mind. Pool safety is not just for kids but for adults too. Swimming and diving are fun ways to relax, spend time with your family, and get exercise. However, swimming involves responsibility. Too often people are injured or killed from unintentional drowning or spinal cord injuries. Injuries and negligent wrongful death in pools tend to occur most often in the summer.
Serious Pool-Related Injuries
In 2007, there were 3,443 fatal unintentional incidents of drowning in the United States. That is an average of 10 drowning deaths each day. Arizona's extremely high summer temperatures means that more people are in pools with the potential of being hurt. Annually more than 1,700 spinal cord injuries result from diving accidents every year. The majority of pool-related spinal cord injuries result in paralysis of all four limbs.
All households with pools should practice injury prevention. Homeowners should educate guests about the pool, such as the depth, lighting, and time for use. Enforceable hours should be set and the pool should be secured with fencing to keep people out at inappropriate times. Homeowners should not allow guests to swim alone or to consume alcohol or drugs before or while swimming. There are many unfortunate circumstances where adults have drowned in a pool because they are swimming alone. No matter the age, no one should ever swim alone. When the pool is in use always have someone present that is trained in water safety and life-saving techniques. Homeowners should be informed if their guests can not swim before entering the pool to prevent an unintentional drowning.
Child Pool Safety
Parents should never leave their child unattended while in the pool, one second away could be fatal. Children should also be taught basic water safety tips and kept away from drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments. Parents should have a telephone close by when using the pool or spa in case of an emergency. If a child is missing, first look for him or her in the pool and spa.
It is important to have the appropriate equipments for your pool or spa. Spas should have lockable safety covers and be kept in good working condition. Pool drain covers should comply with safety standards, if you are unsure about your drain cover ask you pool service provider. Drain entrapments are frequently the result of a swimmers body, hair, limbs, or clothing becoming entangled in a faulty or flat drain or grate. People should consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm. The installation of pool and gate alarms to alert homeowners when children go near the water can also be very beneficial.
Arizona Laws & Pool Safety
In Arizona, there are companies that offer pool nets that will cover the pool entirely. This can be an extra precaution to pool gates. There are also special locks on doors that can prevent child injuries in the pool. A pool is basically a big pile of poison to a young child who cannot swim so the pool should be considered a very serious threat to any young child and safety should always be considered.
When having a party at a house, it is important to always remember that these are the types of events where a child can be seriously injured in a pool. Many times people at family events are not looking out for one individual kid and as a result people think everyone is watching the child when in reality no one is watching the child around the pool. At family events, it is a good idea to assign each adult to a child rather than feeling like all adults are watching all the kids. Having a serious injury or wrongful death because of a pool accident is a traumatic experience for all and pool safety cannot be stressed enough for everyone involved near pools.
If you have questions regarding swimming pool related injuries, don't hesitate to contact the Phoenix swimming pool injury attorneys at the Husband & Wife Law Team.