Federal Government Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness of Pool Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on June 3, 2011

Florida pool accident attorneyIn advance of the summer swimming season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched its Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign. Florida residents are encouraged to visit the website to find out how to protect themselves and their children from a deadly pool accident.

As highlighted by the CPSC, Floridians can stay safe in and around pools and spas by practicing as many safety steps as possible. This includes staying close to children at all times, knowing water safety skills like CPR, and ensuring anti-entrapment drain covers are installed in all pools and spas.

Pool safety is particularly important in Florida—Florida has the highest drowning death rate in the nation for children under age 5. Over 60% of these drowning deaths occur in residential swimming pools every year.

Florida residential pool owners are also reminded that they may be liable for an accident that occurs in their pool if proper safety procedures are not followed. Specifically, that the Preston de Ibern/McKenzie Merriam Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires all new residential swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs to be equipped with at least one of the following pool safety features:

  • 4-foot-tall barrier surrounding the entire pool
  • Approved pool cover
  • All pool entrance points to the pool area must have self-closing and self-locking devices
  • Every door and window in a home with direct access to the pool is required to have an alarm

Florida swimming pool accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including improperly designed and constructed pools, failure to properly secure a pool from small children, and failure to maintain the swimming pool in good condition. Therefore, it is important to take the proper safety precautions in your own home as well as when you visit public pools and those of friends and family.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Florida swimming pool accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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