According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 3,443 unintentional fatal drownings reported in the year 2007, more than 1 in 5 of which are children under the age of 14. Many of these accidents happen right under the noses of adults who think their kids are adequately supervised. A large percentage of the children drowned even though there was a person, possibly a family member, supervising their time in the pool.
It is never a good idea to let a child swim unsupervised. There are a variety of situations that can arise which can be life threatening, regardless of a child’s ability to swim.
Parents also feel that air-filled water wings, also called floaties, will prevent drowning. This too is untrue. It is so untrue that the devices say on them that they are not life saving devices and should not be used as a life saving device. The only things that will prevent drowning and keep a person adequately afloat are Coast Guard Approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) or lifejackets.
A convincing argument for teaching children to swim is that a staggering majority of drowning victims didn’t know how to swim. It is recommended that children receive swimming lessons before they turn 8. While it seems obvious that teaching a child to swim will help prevent drowning, the idea clearly hasn’t stuck with some parents.
For more information regarding drowning accidents, please visit the website of the CDC at www.cdc.gov. If you have been injured in a pool, please contact the Kenosha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-866-499-4700 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.