July 27, 2012

Swimming Pool Safety in New Jersey

The summer months in New Jersey can reach extremely high temperatures and we often find relief from the heat by taking a dip or a splash in the pool; however, fun in the sun may include many hidden dangers and potential risks, as well. Unfortunately, according to CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Unintentional drowning is ranked number one of the ten most leading causes of death and injury for children ages 1 – 4 and number two in children ages 5 – 9 in the United States in 2009.

Drowning Statistics

  • There are approximately ten people who drown in the United States every day and while each death caused by drowning, there are 1-4 injury-related non-fatal submersion accidents serious enough for the victim to be hospitalized.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14.
  • Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.
  • Nonfatal drowning can result in brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.
  • In nearly 9 out of 10 child-drowning deaths, a parent or caregiver claimed to be watching the child.

During your next visit to your neighborhood swim club or swimming in friends / neighbors or even your own pool, safety precautions are a major priority. A swimming pool accident is more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age four and under. Educating children on what to do in case of an emergency and to float or swim as soon as possible is important to prevent fatal injuries.

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At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, we have more than 25 years of legal experience, representing injured people and their families throughout Morris County, Essex County, Passaic County, Union County, Hunterdon County, Bergen County, Warren County, Sussex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, as well as the entire State of New Jersey. We work extensively with experts to explore every fact to determine the cause of the swimming pool injury or death.

To set up a free initial confidential consultation at our offices in Morristown, Denville, and Newark, New Jersey, contact us by e-mail or call the office of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm at (973) 920-7900. Se habla español.

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