Surge in Swimming Pools Result in New Risk for Families
There’s been a surge in pool sales. According to the NPD Group, sales of pools and other outdoor recreational activities have increased by a whopping 160% in 2020. When asked about the uptick, one Pennsylvania mother of two joked with Good Morning America and said, “I’m pretty sure we got the last above-ground pool in North America.” While on paper this surge may not seem like interesting news, experts have been speaking out about the inherent dangers associated with swimming pools, especially since child drowning incidents have steadily increased.
The Cause of the Uptick
The Coronavirus pandemic has created a new normal. Between working from home and virtual learning, many families across the country were tasked with juggling a new set of responsibilities all while under their state’s stay-at-home orders.
It’s because of this unprecedented situation that industry experts like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are speaking up. Back in May, the AAP released a statement that noted how caregivers may be distracted while trying to juggle childcare, work and other responsibilities. Echoing this sentiment was John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital emergency physician Dr. Patrick Mularoni who said the following, “With parents working from home and trying to provide that supervision of their children while working, it leads to more opportunities for children to get out of the house and to get to a pool or a body of water.”
While pool safety has always been – and will continue to – remain important, studies from the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, reported a 150% increase in child drowning incidents in comparison to this time two years ago. Experts believe the new “normal” the Coronavirus has created is partly responsible for this spike.
Types of Swimming Pool Accidents
Like any type of injury, swimming pool accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Below are the most common types of accidents that can happen in or around a swimming pool:
- Broken bones from a diving board accident
- Slip and fall accidents into the pool
- Injuries caused by pool drains
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Regardless of where the pool is located, property owners have a responsibility to ensure their pool area is well maintained and safe to use. When accidents happen, however, they are routinely the result of the following:
- Lack of supervision
- Parts of the pool were defective
- The diving board was defective
- Inadequate warning signs
- Inadequate lifeguard supervision and/or training
- Poor lighting
- Faulty valve drains
- Lack of railing and/or pool cover
If you or someone you love was injured in a swimming pool accident and want to know if you have the basis to pursue a personal injury claim, the experienced attorneys at the Marrone Law Firm, LLC are here to help. Schedule a consultation with us today: 215-709-7360.
Contact a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Swimming Pool Accident Case In Pennsylvania
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