Summer is almost here, which means it is nearly time to hit the pool to relax and cool down. Although swimming pools can be fun for the whole family, it is crucial to remember that they carry a very real risk of drowning. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children between the ages of 1 and 14 are at a particularly high risk of drowning, so much so that it is a leading cause of death for this age demographic.
Here’s what to do in the event of a swimming pool drowning or near drowning accident:
- Notify a lifeguard immediately and call 911.
- If there is no lifeguard nearby, take action to get the person out of the water. If someone else is with you, ask them to call 911 while you rescue the drowning person from the water.
- Once on land, check to see if the person is breathing. You can do this by looking to see if the person’s chest is moving or by placing your ear near their mouth and nose to feel for air.
- If they are not breathing, check for a pulse.
- If you cannot find a pulse, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until emergency medical help arrives.
By preparing ahead of time, you will be ready to take action should a drowning or near drowning accident occur. It is best to strengthen your swimming skills and get certified in CPR before taking your family to the pool this summer.
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Often, a negligent pool owner, lifeguard, or other party is to blame for a preventable drowning accident. If you know or have reason to believe that this applies to your case, the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg may be able to help you recover compensation. We understand how traumatizing these accidents can be, and we will fight tirelessly to win you the closure and compensation you need to move on. If we don’t win your case, you won’t be billed a dime, so why wait? Contact our Orange County firm online or call us at (949) 565-4281 for a free consultation.