With summer in full swing, many people will be looking for ways to beat the heat. Swimming is a popular option, but whether you have a pool in your backyard or you go to your community swimming pool, there is always a risk of accidents. Drowning can happen to anyone, regardless of age or swimming ability. It is important to assess the factors that influence your risk of drowning and that of others the next time you go to the pool.
Swimming ability is perhaps the most significant factor when it comes to drowning. Children, and even adults, sometimes over estimate their ability to swim. This can have dangerous consequences, which is why starting swimming lessons at an early age are encouraged. However, adults should not be afraid or embarrassed to take lessons as well, it could potentially save a life.
Another common cause of drowning is due to lack of close supervision. Technological distractions, such as smartphones and tablets, keep an individual’s eyes on a screen rather than what is going on in the pool. Being distracted for even a few seconds could result in missing warning signs that someone is in need of help.
There are several other ways a drowning can be prevented. For those that have young kids at home, having a fence installed surrounding the pool area might be a good idea. That way, children will not accidentally fall in if they are playing in the yard.
Although it might be nice to have a few drinks by the pool on a warm summer day, it might be best to avoid alcohol when swimming or within the vicinity of a pool. Alcohol reduces an individual’s ability to use basic motor skills that are vital in keeping afloat while in the water. Intoxication can also inhibit someone from recognizing when someone else is drowning.
Perhaps the simplest of ways to avoid drowning is to wear a life jacket. When worn properly, they are designed to keep your head above water. People often ignore life jackets and find them bulky or inconvenient. Modern designs are much less cumbersome and a cost effective way to stay safe while enjoying the water.
Please do not hesitate to contact MG Law if you are the victim of a swimming pool or drowning accident. Our experienced staff can help you through the legal process. Call us today for your free consultation at (613) 730-8460.