1. Assign someone as lifeguard to closely watch the pool at all times during a gathering
  2. Stay in arm’s reach of young children who are not good swimmers
  3.  Secure your pool with appropriate fencing
  4. Install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety release systems to protect against drain entrapment.
  5. Beware of black bottom pools because you cannot see a person on the bottom of the pool

In Las Vegas in the heat of the summer, a favorite activity is to take to the water. When considering water safety, there are different types of water to consider. There are home swimming pools, public swimming pools and open water safety. Whether it is a trip to the lake, the community pool or the pool in your own backyard, these tips will help keep you and your family safe this summer season.

It is important to make sure your child learns these Seven water survival skills as soon as they are ready:

1) Children should learn how to float or tread water for at least one minute

2) Children should know how to swim in a full circle to find the exit

3) Children should be able to swim at least 25 yards to exit the water

4) Children should know how to jump or step into water that is over their head and pull themselves to the surface

5) Although it may seem obvious, Children need to learn how to exit the water. Whether it is finding a ladder on the pool or learning how to pull themselves from the side of the pool

6) it is extremely important to teach children about swimming in open water because it is not the same as swimming in the pool. We need understand current weather and the oceans undertow. Children should always stay close to shore and near an adult within reaching distance. Children can be sucked under the water in a current very easily. Always always always always make sure any child in open water is wearing a life jacket; there should be no exception to this rule

7) Finally it is important that adults who are frequently around children in water learn basic water rescue skills and CPR to help save a child’s life.

Sadly, statistical data shows that drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old. Children 1-4 years of age are most likely to drown in a swimming pool. Children five years and older are more likely to drown in natural water such as a lake or reservoir.  The risk of drowning in open water like the ocean increases with age. For example, the average 10-year-old is three times more likely to drown in open water than in a backyard pool. At the Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt, we urge you to closely watch children when they are in or around water without being distracted. It is important to keep young children at arm’s reach of an adult and make sure older children swim with a partner every time. No one should be swimming alone.

These tragic accidents are more common than you may expect.  In fact, recent headlines have sadly shown that when safety is not first, tragedy can occur quickly.  The recent tragic death of popular country music singer’s Granger Smith’s 3-year-old son, River in a drowning accident illustrates that this sad tragedy can occur anywhere to anyone.  Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck Miller lost their 19-month-old daughter in a home pool accident just last year. 

It is extremely important to teach young children to swim. Every child is different, however, it is imperative to enroll them in swimming lessons as soon as they are ready. It is important to consider their age, their state of development and especially how frequently they are around water when deciding when young children are ready for swimming lessons. If you have a backyard pool, children should be taught to swim at the infant stage. Babies can actually be taught how to float and there are classes for infant swimming at the Henderson Parks and Recreation Centers.  Swimming lessons will teach children valuable skills for preventing water accidents.

If you have a question about pool safety, pool accidents or any questions regarding a personal injury, whether from a car accident or a slip and fall or any combination of injuries, please don’t hesitate to call The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC, and Henderson Injury Attorneys for over 13 years. Please call our office if you or if a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence. If you have been in any type of accident and have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices today. At our office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to. Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible. Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

          At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC we are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur.  For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Henderson offices. The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt is a boutique, family owned law firm in Henderson that specializes in helping injured people and the community with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032.