Swimming & Diving Safety Tips for Summer

Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning in the U.S. In 2014, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, one-third died from drowning. Among those aged 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.

Even when a lifeguard is present, it’s recommended to designate a responsible adult to watch over children whenever they are in or around a body of water.

According to the American Red Cross, the key to preventing home pool drownings is having layers of protection. This includes placing barriers around your pool to prevent access and closely supervising your child and being prepared in case of an emergency. A comprehensive study from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that most children involved in submersion or drowning accidents were being supervised by one or both parents at the time of the incident. 75% had been missing or out of sight for 5 minutes or less, and 69% of these incidents took place when the children were not expected to be in the pool area.

When diving, keep in mind that the shallower the water, the greater the risk for injury. Only 4.8% of all diving injuries occur when the water is at least 8 feet deep, according to the Review of Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Related to Diving & Diving Board Use. Shallow dives cripple.

Diving should be prohibited from any object not specifically designed for diving such as chairs, fences, or balconies.

Dive only in designated diving areas. Be sure of water depth and that the water is free from obstructions. Never dive into cloudy or murky water.

A happy and safe summer to all from Law Offices of Gary Green!

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