Pool Safety Reminders Following Scary Moments at a Panama City Pool
Spring is in the air and summer won't be far behind. Like the rest of our community, the attorney and staff at our Panama City accident law firm look forward to the beautiful weather and to enjoying time at the beach and by the pool. Summer brings happy times with friends and family, but it also brings heightened concerns about water safety, especially when children are involved.
According to a report by The News Herald, a child is recovering after a scary incident that nearly resulted in a drowning in Panama City Beach. The 7-year-old boy was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at an area resort. Police authorities say the child was in the water for between 30 seconds and 1 minute when a vacationing adult spotted the boy in the pool and pulled him to safety. The child was initially unresponsive and CPR was performed, but the boy was breathing and had a pulse by the time he was taken to an area hospital.
Thankfully, doctors have concluded that he did not suffer any long-term brain damage due to the incident. Reports indicated that the child's parents were momentarily distracted by other children at the time of the near-drowning. The police report that the incident was an accident and that there was no parental neglect involved.
Drowning is a risk in swimming pools, open water, and even bathtubs. Statistics compiled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimate that 260 children under age 5 drown in residential swimming pools and home spas. An additional 3,000 children in the under-5 age group receive emergency room care for submersion-related incidents every year, including cases that result in permanent brain damage. For children under 5, drowning is the 4th leading cause of death nationwide.
Although no list could ever be fully complete, the following are some important swimming pool safety reminders:
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool area.
- Be sure pools are fully fenced in with self-closing latches on gate doors that are out of reach for young children.
- Do not use "swimmies" or other flotation devices as a substitute for close adult supervision
- Teach children to swim at an early age, but do not assume that any child, even those who can swim well, is "drown-proof."
- Never use a swimming pool while a pool cover is partially in place to avoid the risk of a child getting trapped under the cover.
- Learn CPR, and ensure any caregiver who will be supervising children in the vicinity of a swimming pool has also had CPR instruction.
- Keep a phone near the pool so help can be summoned quickly in the event of a pool-related accident.
Medical care should always be the first concern after a drowning or near-drowning. In some cases, a lawsuit may also be appropriate. Our Panama City drowning lawyer can help parents explore claims related to the failure of a hotel or other facility to maintain a safe pool environment or when the incident involved a product defect such as a faulty drain. Representatives of our Panama City injury law firm are available 24/7 to take your call and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.