St. Louis swimming pool accidents a summer danger

St. Louis swimming pool accidents a summer danger

The end of the school year is an excellent time to talk to your children about pool and water safety.

St. Louis swimming pool accidents occur almost exclusively between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Tragically, small children are the most frequent victims. In response, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has launched a nationwide Pool Safety Campaign, aimed at increasing safety and awareness through the hot summer months.


As FOX2 reported, public swimming pools in the St. Louis area have opened early in response to the unseasonably warm weather and the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its recommendation that parents wait until a child is 4-years-old before taking swimming lessons; parents should consider enrolling children as young as 1-year-old in a pediatric swimming program.

While most pool drownings occur in hot-weather states like Florida and Arizona, there is evidence that children in northern states are at increased risk because of their relative inexperience around swimming pools. Pool owners have an obligation to maintain safe conditions and ensure the safety of guests. Swimming pool accidents — whether in a residential pool or a commercial swimming pool at a hotel or apartment complex — frequently lead to a Missouri premise liability claim against the property owner.

Near-drownings are especially complex cases that should always be handled by an experienced Missouri child injury lawyer; issues impacting motor skills, coordination and cognitive function may result and are not always readily apparent in small children.

-Each year, an average of 385 pool and spa-related drownings kill children younger than 15 — in 4 of every 5 cases, the victim is child under the age of 5.

-Meanwhile, about 4,200 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries sustained in a near-drowning accident; half of those cases involve children ages 1 to 3.

“It is important to keep in mind that these numbers represent family tragedies. Preventing child drownings year round is a priority for the CPSC,” Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said. “The Pool Safely campaign will start a national conversation with parents and children, pool owners and operators and industry professionals about the simple safety steps they can take to protect themselves and their families in and around pools and spas. These incidents are preventable, so our mission is to change the way families think and act about pool and spa safety.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following swimming safety tips:

-Never leave a child alone near a swimming pool.

-Touch supervision should be practiced with children younger than 5, meaning an adult is no more than an arm’s length away at all times.

-A fence or other barrier must be constructed around a swimming pool.

-Keep rescue equipment and a telephone near the pool.

-Floaties and other swimming aids should not be used as a substitute for approved life vests.

-Toys should be removed from a pool area when not in use so that young children will not be tempted to approach a swimming pool unsupervised.

-Functioning gates should secure a swimming pool at all times.

-Appropriate safety covers should be used and should be removed prior to swimming; children can become entrapped in a pool cover.

-Don’t rely on swimming lessons; just because a child can swim does not mean that he or she is safe in the water.

If you are dealing with a swimming pool accident in the St. Louis area, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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