March 16th, 2015|
It’s spring break in Tennessee and for those in our region with swimming pools at home, it’s time to get the pool opened and ready for the summer. At Ponce Law, our Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers point out that this time of year is a wonderful time to focus on safety around the pool.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 390 children under age 14 lose their lives each year as the result of swimming pool accidents. This makes swimming pool accidents the number one cause of injury death among children in the United States today.
So what can you do to keep children and others safe around the pool? Our attorneys suggest keeping these tips in mind:
- Create a barrier- Putting fencing or a barrier around a swimming pool will help to prevent swimmers from getting into the pool while unsupervised.
- Never swim alone- More than one person should always be present in case something happens that prevents a swimmer from making it safely out of the water.
- Establish pool rules- There should be policies that regulate behavior around the pool, such as no running and no consuming alcohol while swimming.
- Learn to swim- If you are unable to swim, one of the best ways to keep yourself safe around the water is to take an instructional swimming course. Until that time, always wear a life preserver near deep bodies of water.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers here at Ponce Law hope these tips will help to keep you and your loved ones safe around the pool in the coming months!
June 6th, 2014|
It’s important to keep pool safety in mind during the summer, as drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for both children and adults during the summer.
To raise public awareness about pool safety while working to prevent swimming pool accidents, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched a campaign called “Pool Safely”.
The goal of the campaign is to get all children and adults to learn to swim by the end of the year. Those who wish to participate simply complete a pledge form.
The Pool Safely Kids Pledge says that the individual promises to never swim alone and will ask to take swim lessons. They will also vow to stay away from drains while following all pool rules.
Adults can also complete a pledge form that says they will always designate an adult to supervise swimmers in the water and will teach their children to swim. The form also states they promise to learn CPR, remove ladders, and have proper fencing around the pool when not in use.
At Ponce Law, our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers encourages you to be responsible around the pool this summer and to consider signing a commitment to that pledge.
September 25th, 2013|
September 25, 2013
The Nashville Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law say that there are more than 7,000 people who lose their life to drowning accidents each year. Drowning is the fourth most common cause of accidental death in the nation.
Many of these accidents can be prevented if a few simple steps are followed. Experts say that 80 percent of drowning accidents occur at residential swimming pools or spas. This means there is likely not a lifeguard on duty and pool owners should be vigilant at all times.
Those with pools should ensure there is someone supervising swimmers anyone is in the water. No running should be allowed on the pool deck. Sturdy fences can help ensure no one inadvertently falls into the water. Some pool owners have even had alarms installed that will give a warning if their pool areas are breached.
Most importantly, parents should always teach their children to swim. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 200 children died this year as a result of swimming pool drowning and many were never instructed on how to save themselves in the water.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers is hopeful these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe during trips to the pool!