June 21, 2011, ERIE, PA — A study published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that a child dies in a portable pool accident every five days during the warm weather months. Most of the children (94%) were under age 5 and 81% of the accidents happened in the summer months.
The findings reveal considerable risk associated with these pools, not least because they are so easily obtained and frequently parents do not consider the risk associated with them. Consumer education is critical to avoid portable kiddie pool accidents and injuries. Barrier protection is part of what is required but even more important is vigilant adult supervision.
Drowning and Swimming Pool Accidents Can Be Prevented
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children age 1 to 14 (traffic accidents are first). Drowning and swimming pool accidents are preventable. Proper swim and safety training can and will prevent most accidents.
We offer a library of safety materials for parents and swimming pool owners. Here’s a quick index with hyperlinks to each of them. Just click on the link to be taken to the article.
* General Pool Safety Tips
* The Consumer Product Safety Commission Backyard Pool Guide
* The CPSC Guide to Pool Entrapment Hazards
* The CPSC Guide to Preventing Child Drownings
* Swimming Pool Safety Barrier Guidelines
* Simple Pool Safety Steps
Outdoor swimming is a seasonal pleasure in Pennsylvania and one that can be enjoyed safely with just a little preparation and forethought. If you own a pool (even if it’s just a portable kiddie pool), you absolutely should read and follow all of the relevant safety guidelines that came with your pool and that are required by your local municipal guidelines and read and consider the guidelines and tips we post here.
Contact an Experienced Pennsylvania Swimming Pool Accident Attorney
If your loved one was injured or, worse, killed in a swimming pool accident in Erie County, Crawford County, Venango County or Warren County, you will have many questions. How and why did this happen? Was there anything that should have been done that would have prevented this terrible loss? Should we do something about this? Can we do anything to prevent this from happening to others? A consultation with an experienced Pennsylvania injury attorney can answer your questions.
The Erie pool injury lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. can help. We offer free, no-strings attached consults to injured people and grieving families. To get the answers to your questions, call today locally at 814-833-7100 or toll free at 814-833-7100 or use our convenient on-line form on the right side of this page. We’ll answer your questions and, if appropriate, we’ll help you to recover the compensation necessary to make things right and deter accidents like this from happening to others.
Call today. Our consults are free and convenient and we won’t charge a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you.