Swimming Pool Safety

Nashville Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers Discuss Cryptosporidium

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2015

Most of us are aware of the safety risks associated with swimming, but we may not recognize unseen dangers in the water, such as parasites and bacteria.

The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that one of the waterborne pathogens swimmers should be concerned about is a parasite called Cryptosporidium—otherwise known as Crypto. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the number of diagnosed cases of Crypto contracted from swimming pools has increased by more than double since 2004.

Experts contend that pool maintenance regimens are to blame for the increase in the parasite. An article from Slate Magazine explains Crypto can live in chlorinated water for weeks. This is only compounded by the fact that one in eight swimming pools is in violation of public health ordinances.

Swimming pools can be outfitted with equipment that can sanitize the water, but the process can be extremely expensive.

So, what can you do to prevent Crypto infections? The answer is simple—don’t defecate in the water and don’t swim in potentially contaminated areas. Crypto is spread through fecal matter, so it’s vital that parents teach their children to exit the water anytime they need to use the restroom. Caution should also be taken when swimming in natural waterways and swimming holes.

The legal staff at Ponce Law recognizes the serious threat waterborne pathogens can pose to swimmers. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe in the water this summer.

Nashville Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers Talk Safety As Memorial Day Approaches

by Staff Blogger | May 18th, 2015

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means many swimming pools across Tennessee will begin opening. The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind citizens of the importance of spreading awareness about pool safety—especially among children.

Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an estimated ten people die as the result of an unintentional drowning each day. Of these fatalities, one in five people are children under age 14.

The risk of drowning was underscored by a swimming pool accident in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, over the weekend. The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, in the Willoughby Station subdivision.

Reports from WKRN 2 News indicate the 3-year-old victim was found unresponsive in the water by his parents and was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. The victim is now recovering.

Our Nashville personal injury lawyers would also like to remind citizens about a few rules to remember when at the poo to stay safe:

  • Stay Supervised-Always have an adult on hand watching over swimmers anytime anyone is in the pool.
  • Get A Gate– Enclosing your pool area with a fence and gate can significantly reduce the chances of a swimming pool accident occurring.
  • Have Rescue Tools Handy– Every pool should have flotation devices and other rescue tools readily available in case an accident should occur.
  • Obey Pool Rules– Taking actions such as refraining from running on the pool deck and not consuming alcohol while swimming can also significantly reduce the chances of an accident.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer!

Nashville Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers Discuss Pool Safety

by Staff Blogger | 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!

Tennessee Swimming Pool Accident Raises Awareness of Water Safety

by Staff Blogger | July 16th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the risk of drowning is a serious safety hazard for children in the United States today, with as many as two children dying every day as the result of drownings. A majority of these incidents occur in swimming pools.

These hazards hit home this month in Middle Tennessee when a 6-year-old boy was struggling to hold onto his life after a Goodlettsville swimming pool accident. Reports indicate the incident occurred on the afternoon of Friday, July 11.

An article from News Channel 5 states the victim was part of a group of children swimming in the pool as part of a summer camp program. Adults who were supervising the children said they had been in the pool for around five minutes when they noticed the child at the bottom of the pool.

He was pulled to safety and CPR was administered immediately, but the child has been comatose since the accident. Now, the victim’s family is unsure if he will fully recuperate from his injuries.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law would like to send their thoughts to the victim and his family as he continues to recover from this tragic accident. The firm would also like to remind you to take extra precautions around the pool by:

  • Learning to swim or teaching others to swim.
  • Always swimming with supervision.
  • Taking extra precautions to secure pool areas when not in use.

Summer is the Time to Sign the Pool Safely Pledge

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Nashville Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers Share Water Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | 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!