Pool Accident Involving Music Superstar Highlights Drain Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on August 19, 2013

Florida drowning accident attorneyAs Cape Coral injury attorneys, we know that music superstar Usher is one lucky parent. His five-year-old son recently suffered a near drowning in his backyard pool.

According to media reports, Usher Raymond V got stuck in the pool drain and was saved by two men who were installing sound equipment in the home. The workers were able to free the child from the bottom of the pool and resuscitate him using CPR.

The accident has prompted pool safety advocates to remind pool owners about the dangers of pool drain entrapment. A drain entrapment occurs when a body is held against a pool or spa drain by the force of the pool’s suction or when an article of clothing, jewelry, hair or a limb is caught in a faulty drain.

Under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, enacted in 2008, public pools are required to have special drain covers designed to prevent entrapment. However, there is no similar requirement for private pools.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, least 39 children died or were seriously injured in drain entrapment accidents from 2008-2012.  Since the law took effect, no deaths have occurred at public pools.

To prevent a tragic accident, the CPSC recommends the following safety precautions:

  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments and entanglements
  • Make sure that loose items such as long hair, clothing or jewelry are not dangling when swimming in a pool or sitting in a spa
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask if you do not know
  • Consider installing a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS)—a device that will automatically shut off a pump if a blockage is detected—or any other automatic shut-off systems in your own pool or spa
  • Plainly mark the location of the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump
  • Know where the pool or spa pump switch is and know how to turn it off

If someone becomes entrapped, employ these critical water safety steps:

  • Turn off the pump immediately
  • Instead of trying to pull the person away from the powerful suction of the drain or grate, insert fingers or a small object between the drain and the person’s body to break the seal and then roll them off until they’re free
  • Have a portable telephone close by to call for help
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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