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In hot, humid climates, a swimming pool is almost a necessity. Everywhere you go in Florida, you will see thousands of swimming pools. Homeowners who do not have their own swimming pool probably have a community pool where they can take the kids and get out of the heat.
Not only does Florida lead the country in the number of swimming pools in the state, but it also leads in swimming pool drowning accidents. Activities that are meant to be relaxing and fun all too often turn into tragedy for families of drowning victims.
Florida Swimming Pools
With more than 1 million swimming pools, more than any other state, it is no surprise that Florida has more drowning deaths than any other state does. Most drowning deaths are preventable. The Florida Swimming Pool Association encourages safety for all pool owners. They provide the following acronym for safety to remember some important tips:
- S is for supervision, children nee to be constantly supervised
- A is for alert, watch for dangers in and around the pool
- F is for free from substances
- E is for emergency education, get trained with CPR and emergency rescue
- T is for teaching
- Y is for you, you are responsible for your pool
Swimming Pool Drowning Statistics
Each year there are approximately 1,900 swimming pool-related drowning deaths in the United States. On average, 300 children under age 5 drown each year. Pools that are inadequately fenced are 60 percent more likely to involve a drowning. Although drowning accidents occur when many people, including lifeguards, are around, most fatalities occur at residential pools.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- 53 percent of fatal drowning occurred at the victim’s home pool
- 19 percent drowned at a pool of a family or close friend
- 12 percent were from undisclosed locations
- 8 percent drowned at a community or commercial pool
- 8 percent were at a neighbor’s pool
Swimming Pool Responsibility
Pool owners are responsible to ensure that their pools are safe for their families and guests. Under premises law, property owners may be found liable for damages in the event of a swimming pool drowning death. In 2001, Florida enacted a new law requiring the following safety features for new swimming pools.
- A qualified enclosure must separate the house from the pool
- Safety cover for the pool
- Exit alarms near windows and doors
- Doors and window latches must close
Failure to install these features may make the owner liable in the event of an injury or fatality.
To find out more about your legal options in the event of a drowning accident in or around Orlando, please contact a Florida wrongful death attorney at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter by phone at (855) 880-4741 or online. Although we cannot bring back your child, or loved one, we will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.