Every Californian knows that if you can’t make it to the beach, a nice pool is almost as good on a sunny day. But swimming pool accidents can happen quickly if they aren’t maintained properly and if appropriate safety precautions aren’t taken. For that reason, the State of California has passed a set of laws collectively known as the “California Pool Code” to set out the legal requirements operators of public pools must meet to ensure they are providing a safe environment for their community to relax in.
On a hot California day, sometimes there’s nothing better than relaxing by the pool. But as wonderful as the sparking water can be, it can also be incredibly dangerous. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about 10 Americans die every day from drowning. And consider these facts reported by the National Safety Council:
- Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 5, and the second leading cause of death for children under 15 years old
- More than 80% of accidental drownings occur in residential pools or spas
- According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission,
Swimming in a pool is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy the summer. Unfortunately, a lot of accidents occur at swimming pools. According to the CDC, over 3,500 people drown each year. Around 20% of these deaths are those who are 14 years old and younger.
Swimming pool accidents can involve much more than just drowning. Accidents can come at the hands of broken handrails, a lack of warning signs, improper levels of pool chemicals, or an abundance of bacteria in the water. Accidents that involve pool drain suction are increasingly prevalent.
Swimming pool accidents are more common than one would think. The relaxing atmosphere of a pool can quickly turn dire once a tragedy strikes.
Data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimate that around 3,000 kids are treated each year for injuries from a near drowning in a pool. They also estimate that around 500 kids under 5 years old die each year from drowning. For those who survive, swimming pool accidents can still have devastating consequences.
It is estimated that around 5 to 20 percent of children who almost drown have some sort of neurological disability,
Was the Murrieta Valley School District responsible for the tragic death of Alex Pierce, Age 13?
Sabrina and Rodriquez Pierce suffered a tragic, almost unimaginable loss when their son, 13-year-old Alex Pierce, died this past June as a result of an accident at an end-of-the-year school swimming party. Court records show that the lawsuit, filed recently, was brought by the Pierce parents against the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. The suit charges that the school district was negligent by inadequately staffing the venue and by failing to attend to the child when he sunk to the bottom of the pool.