Houston Drowning Accidents Increase in the Summer
Written by Greg on February 10, 2013
Every summer in Houston we have multiple drowning of young children, typically aged two through seven. Additionally, there are also numerous older children who drown each year in the state of Texas.
Some of these terrible tragedies happen at homes with pools or hot tubs and some have been at apartment complexes. Still others occur in natural waterways such as drainage ditches and ponds.
Safety Devises Help Prevent Drowning
There are many available safety devices for swimming pools and many are very inexpensive and easy to implement. The best course of action is to have more than one safety device in use in your own swimming pool, in effect, a backup safety system.
Fencing with childproof gates is a good start for young children in the home or the neighborhood. Other devices such as pool covers and splash warnings can give an extra layer of safety for children.
Drowning Happens Quickly
A drowning can happen in just a minute, the time it takes to answer a phone, take a short break, answer the doorbell or any other distraction in the home. However the consequences of not adequately protecting your pool during those distractions can be devastating.
Likewise, apartment complexes are charged with responsibilities for their swimming pools. The apartment complex owner should follow safety regulations regarding equipment at the pool. In some instances, a pool will provide a lifeguard and in such cases they should use due care in protecting the children.
If you have young children and a swimming pool or are considering putting in the pool, I urge you to consult with a safety person regarding what you can do to best protect your children and others in the neighborhood.
A very good resource for safety information for pools is pool safety.gov.
Greg Baumgartner is a drowning accident lawyer and also the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm, which is located at 6711 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, Tx 77069, 281-587-1111.