Swimming pools provide a lot of fun times during the summertime.  However, it is important to remember that swimming pools can be dangerous if people are not careful.

According to the Center for Disease Control, there were over 3,300 deaths caused by drowning or submersion in 2000.  This rate is particularly high for children under 16.  Drowning is the second leading cause of death for this age group after motor vehicle incidents.  Another 2,600 children are treated in the emergency rooms each year for near-drowning incidents.

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Pool Safer:

  1. Make sure that everyone in your home knows how to swim.
  2. Never leave children unattended around water.  Adult supervision is a must.
  3. Ensure that children and adults that enter the pool know basic pool safety.
  4. Keep a telephone by the pool so that you can quickly call 911 in an emergency.
  5. Make sure adults supervise their own children that are swimming.
  6. Do not swim while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Enforce strict pool rules.
  8. Learn CPR
  9. Install the correct pool safety measures.
  10. A tall lockable fence or a sturdy pool cover can prevent children from going into the pool when there is no supervision.

If you or your child has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim or lawsuit for damages against the pool owner.  Pennsylvania’s premises liability law is complex, which is why it is important that you retain the services of a knowledgeable and experienced injury lawyer that knows how to represent clients with swimming pool injuries or in wrongful death drowning cases.