Top 5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Pool

Photo by Greg Salter / CC BY

When the weather is hot, swimming pools provide a fantastic way for the family to cool off and relax, exercise or play.  The very pools that are responsible for summer fun, however, are also responsible for thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths annually. According to Pool Safely, an average of 5,600 children are treated in emergency rooms for pool-related incidents each year, and another 367 children under the age of fifteen fatally drown.  Moreover, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years and the second leading cause of death in children ages five to fourteen years old.  It is important to note, however, that pool-related injuries are preventable.  The attorneys at Decof, Decof & Barry offer the following 5 tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe while enjoying the pool this summer:

  1. Teach children how to swim. Many children are eager to jump in the water; however, some children may vigorously resist the water.  For those children who resist the water, “trust” may be an important factor in teaching a nervous child how to swim.  Involvement from someone who a child knows and trusts will make that child more likely to embrace the water.  Look to your local YMCA, USA Swimming chapter or Parks and Recreation Department to sign up for swimming lessons.  And, you are never too old to learn!  Not only can swimming be fun, but it is a lifesaving skill.
  1. “Buddy? Buddy!” Use the “buddy” system.  An adult should be designated as the official “water watcher,” supervising all children who are in or near the water.  Young, inexperienced swimmers should have an adult within an arm’s reach at all times when in the water.  In addition, use of life jackets and other flotation devices may prove wise for such inexperienced swimmers.  Moreover, in the event that an unexpected emergency arises, even the most skilled and experienced swimmers should have a “water watcher” nearby.
  1. No running, no pushing. Running and/or pushing around the pool is prohibited because the surface area surrounding the pool may be slippery enough to cause slip and falls.  Some slip and falls cause injuries that, if you fall into the water, make it difficult or impossible to get out of the water on your own.
  1. Keep children away from drains. Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits may become stuck in a pool’s drain or suction opening, potentially causing injury.  For this reason, advise children to stay away from such drains and openings.  More importantly, know where the emergency vacuum shutoff is located and how to use it before allowing children to enter the pool.
  1. Learn CPR. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been shown to improve outcomes in drowning victims.  Often times, bystanders are the first to aid a drowning victim because waiting for emergency personnel may take some time.  By starting CPR immediately, you may be able to reduce the chance of brain damage in someone who has drowned.  Click here to find a CPR class near you.

The lawyers at Decof, Decof & Barry encourage all to safely enjoy their time at the pool.

Video Profile

Decof, Decof & Barry

Schedule a Free Consultation

We work for clients on a contingency fee arrangement, which means you pay no legal fee or costs unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for you.

Firm News and Events
Decof, Decof & Barry Wins $32M for Iraq War Veteran Left Paralyzed after a Swimming Accident at the University of Rhode Island
Read More
Decof, Decof & Barry Recognized among Best Law Firms by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
Read More
Attorneys of Rhode Island Law Firm Decof, Decof & Barry Named Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
Read More
From our Blog
Are You a Victim of Misprescription and Drug Addiction?

June 12, 2018

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose (poisoning) deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). The CDC recently analyzed multiple cause-of-death mortality data to examine current trends and characteristics…

Read More

How to Legally Prevent Unexpected Medical Bills

May 22, 2018

Nationwide nearly one in three Americans with private insurance received a surprise medical bill between 2014 and 2016. A surprise medical bill is an unexpected bill from an out–of–network provider or from a provider not chosen by a patient. Surprise medical billing happens when a patient goes to a hospital, emergency room or doctor’s office…

Read More

What are the Time Limits to Make a Wrongful Death Case?

May 8, 2018

In Rhode Island, the legislature has enacted the Rhode Island Wrongful Death Statute, also referred to as the Death by Wrongful Act (Law § 10-7-1, et. Seq). There are different sections within the Wrongful Death Act in Rhode Island detailing the following aspects: the types of damages recoverable, by whom the damages are recoverable, who…

Read More

Contact form