As a maritime attorney, I have seen way too many cases involving drownings. My cases have not been limited to drownings on cruise ships. I have handled drownings in private pools, drownings in the ocean behind resorts, as well as drownings at private islands owned by cruise ship companies, where passengers are invited to snorkel and swim.
May happens to be national water safety month, and the following are very useful tips that have been provided courtesy of the “simple steps saves lives” program:
1. Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool.
2. Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.
3. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
4. Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
5. Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
6. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update those skills regularly.
7. Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
8. Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
9. Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
10. Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
Swimming, diving and snorkeling are great and fun activities; however it doesn’t take long for a drowning to occur, so awareness and following basic safety precautions can prevent many drownings.
Our firm acts as safety advocates for those harmed at sea, we provide free consultation for anyone involved in an accident related to drownings, or accidents on the waterways.