Articles Tagged with Pool-related drownings

pexels-markus-spiske-97047-200x300Friday, July 2, 2021, Texas:  As Americans head back to beaches and pools this summer, there is a new warning for families: Swim at their own risk. Some parts of the country are experiencing a dire lifeguard shortage.  Pool openings were actually delayed in Texas with reported that hundreds of lifeguard jobs were still available in early June.

National Water Safety Expert Jesse Guerra said, “Pool shortages and fewer lifeguards drastically increase the risk of swimming accidents and drownings.  Parents should be on higher alert than usual for keeping their children and families safe.  In addition to the key swim safety tips, families must be aware of this increased danger due to the lack of lifeguards this summer season.”

Tom Gill, Vice President of the U.S. Lifesaving Association, said, “There’s no substitute for safety, and the lifeguards are a part of the safety chain.  The pandemic is largely to blame for the shortage.  Towns are not able to hire, train, and certify new lifeguards fast enough, just as more Americans are flocking to waterfront destinations for the summer.”

pexels-alexandr-podvalny-2705879-300x200May 24, 2021 San Antonio, TX – Every summer families head to the beaches, lakes and pools to beat the heat and cool off.  Summer fun also means a serious focus on summer safety. Texas had the deadliest rate of child pool and spa drownings in 2019 for children under age 15.  A drowning can happen anywhere which makes it necessary for everyone to practice water safety. Swimming pool safety lawyer Jesse Guerra, the nation’s leading aquatic litigation pioneer said, “With more parents working from home, we can expect more pool and water accidents and tragic deaths to happen again this summer.”

Just last week a two-year-old toddler died after squeezing through a safety gate and falling into a swimming pool here in Texas and another drowning tragedy involving toddlers occurred in Florida at a day care center.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) drowning is one of the top causes for unintentional deaths for children in the U.S. There are nearly 400 pool-related drownings per year involving children.

In the U.S. drowning takes an average of 3,500-4,000 lives per year. That is nearly 10 fatal drownings per day.  The CDC reports an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the U.S.  An additional 332 people die each year from drowning in boat-related incidents.

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