There is a reported increase in the average number of drowning deaths in
pools and spas among children under five years of age elevating concerns
of the use of cheap, inflatable pools that do not have the added safety
measures of stationery pools with fences and alarms.
Consumer Product Safety Commission has revealed that pool drowning fatalities of children under 5 have increased
over recent years, with most cases involving children ages 1 or 2. Parents
frequently assume that because the pool is inflatable, small and shallow
that they do not have to protect children in the pool. However, vigilance
is a necessity whenever children are near water. Moreover, the cover utilized
for these inflatable pools is intended to keep debris out of the water
but young children playing on the cover can get tangled in it and become
injured or drown.
Some states, like the
Commonwealth of Virginia , have recently passed laws to promote safety near pools and spas. By
December 19, 2008 all pools have to have safety drain covers and, in certain
circumstances, anti-entrapment systems to prevent against entrapment of
hair in drains.
Parents should know that drowning is a leading cause of unintentional
death in children, ages one to four, and that the number one defense against
injury or death in a pool or spa is parental supervision. The law firm
of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. and its Washington D.C.
trial attorneys are experienced in representing individuals whose children
suffered injuries or death as a result of drowning.