Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Summer

Now that summer is here, it is important to remember to be cautious and safe whenever you go for a swim in a pool with your family and friends. During the months of summer, drowning deaths increase throughout the country. In fact, more than 3,700 people drowned in the U.S. in 2016. Babies and toddlers have the highest risk of drowning, with 463 children between the ages of 1 and 4 dying in 2016.

Without certain precautions in place, swimming pools can be very dangerous. Because June is National Safety Month, we want make sure you take the necessary measures to create a safe swimming environment that you and your family can enjoy together. Below are pool safety guidelines that can help you prevent swimming pool accidents this summer:

  • Enroll your children in swim lessons
  • Don’t let your children swim by themselves and teach them to use the “buddy system”
  • Always keep young children who are swimming in the pool in your line of sight
  • If you are in the swimming pool with a young swimmer, keep them within reach of your arms at all times
  • A first-aid-kit, telephone, and safety gear should be stored nearby the pool in case of accidents or emergencies
  • Never leave a small child unattended near a swimming pool
  • Your pool should be marked off with a fence that is at least 5 ft. high to prevent small children from getting in
  • Install self-closing or self-latching gates on entrances to your pool
  • Fix any flat, broken, or missing drain covers in your pool
  • Enroll in a CPR or other kind of rescue / pool-safety training course
  • If you have young children, teach them about how dangerous it can be to swallow pool water
  • You should always wash your body off after going for a swim
  • Check all of the chemical levels, circulation, and filtration systems before you get into your pool
  • At large gatherings, you should designate a responsible person to keep an eye on the young swimmers in the pool

Although drowning is often dramatically portrayed in movies and on television, the reality is that many drowning incidents go unnoticed unless someone is nearby to see the person struggling. Because drowning is a “silent death,” it is crucial to teach your children about the dangers of swimming and drowning at an early age. Doing so can prevent them from being involved in a swimming pool accident. Making clear guidelines for how to safely use your pool can go a long way in deterring your loved ones from acting recklessly when they go swimming.

Talk to a Premises Liability Attorney

Have you lost a loved one in a swimming accident? We can help you hold the negligent party responsible for your loss and pursue the compensation you are entitled to. At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we have more than 100 years of collective legal experience and have built our stellar reputation in courts throughout New York. Our goal is to maximize the amount of compensation you deserve and secure a positive outcome in your case.

Call (646) 461-4009 to speak with our New York premises liability attorneys about your swimming accident.