Tragic Drowning Accident Highlights Need for Pool Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on March 19, 2012

Florida drowning accident attorneyTwo recent Florida drowning accidents highlight the importance of pool safety year round. In one incident, a 7-year-old boy drowned when he and his father were attending a barbecue by the pool of an apartment complex. In another incident, a Florida toddler wandered out an open sliding door and drowned in the family pool.

As Fort Myers accident attorneys, our hearts go out to the families involved and hope that their stories can be used to prevent future drowning accidents. As a reminder, we would also like to share several tips for preventing drowning accidents:

Be Alert

  • Always watch your child when they are in or near a pool or spa
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

Be Safe

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors and community groups to do the same at all residential and public pools
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door and window alarms and always use them
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
  • Have life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles available for use

Source: PoolSafely.gov

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 Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

 

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