With spring right around the corner in Altanta, it’s a good time for parents to refresh their knowledge on swimming safety. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among children. Toddlers between the ages of one and four commonly drown in swimming pools, whereas children older than five typically drown in rivers and lakes, though this partly depends on the area in which they live. No matter how shallow the water, it is important to know that drowning is always a danger and certain precautions must be taken to prevent it.
For children under the age of four, parents should not leave them unattended near bathtubs, pools, spas, or other bodies of water. While supervising children, it is also important not to be distracted or engaged in any activities that may take your attention away from the children. In addition to these precautions, it is also crucial to be familiar with the warning signs that a child is in danger of drowning. Some of these include:
- The child’s head is low and his or her mouth is at water level.
- The child’s head is tilted back and his or her mouth is open.
- The child is hyperventilating or gasping.
- The child’s eyes are glassy and he or she appears unable to focus.
- The child trying to roll over on his or her back.
Parents and caregivers should also learn CPR in the event that an accident does happen. If you have a home swimming pool, keep safety equipment, such as life preservers, life jackets, and a shepherds crook near it.
The Atlanta swimming pool accident attorneys at Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC are dedicated to helping families whose loved ones have been seriously injured or drowned in a swimming pool accident or hot tub accident. We have represented families in complex legal cases related to swimming pool accidents and drownings in public and private swimming pools and hot tubs.
Get in touch with us today for a free initial consultation at (888) 425-6070.