Kids and Drowning Accidents, Part 2

There are certain risk factors that exist for fatal and nonfatal drowning accidents. A major risk factor is the absence of pool barriers; another is the absence of parental supervision. Most pool accidents involving children occur within minutes after the child is last seen alive. Many pool incidents occur because the child has easy access to the water. Drowning incidents that occur in natural settings like lakes, rivers, and oceans increase with the child’s age.

Parents can take certain steps to minimize the risk of a drowning incident. The most important step is to provide adequate adult supervision. Parents should keep their child in view at all times when the child is around water. While supervising children, a parent should also avoid engaging in distracting activities, like reading, watching television, playing cards, doing yard work, etc. Barriers should be erected around swimming pools or other large bodies of water. Pools owners are in fact required by law to fence in their pools. A child should not be allowed to access the water an adult’s assistance. Parents should also teach their children to swim. Introducing small children to the water through swimming lessons is an extremely good idea. Do not let children use improper inflatable devices without direct supervision. Toys like “water wings,” “noodles,” and “inner tubes” are not designed to keep swimmers safe. These toys can give a child false sense of security, thereby encouraging the child to take greater risks (e.g. venturing out into deeper water).

Click here to read Part 1 of Kids and Drowning Accidents.

If your child has been the victim of a drowning or injury while in a public swimming people, contact Seattle child injury attorney Chris Davis at Davis Law Group for a FREE consultation, (206) 727-4000.
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