Take these steps to prevent drowning accidents and keep your family safe this summer.
Advice from a Drowning Accident Attorney
Drowning is the most common cause of death in infants and toddlers from a preventable injury. It is most likely to happen to younger children, and it can occur in bathtubs as well as swimming pools and open water. Wearing a life jacket is a practical tool for drowning prevention for people of any age, but as a general rule, infants and young children who do not have experience swimming in a body of water should always wear a life jacket. There are various types of life jackets based on activity, and everyone must be wearing the right kind and size, particularly with small children whose size may change each season. Life jackets that are too large can make it harder for the wearer to stay upright in the water. An unbuckled life jacket or one with loose straps can fall off or become entangled. Life jackets must be used correctly every time.
According to Remax’s Swimming Safety Guidelines,before getting into open water, people should check that their life jacket:
- Meets U.S. Coast Guard certifications
- Fits the person who intends to use it
- Can be buckled snugly and fully
- Is in good condition, with no visible holes or tears
Take these extra steps to ensure that your family stays safe during water activities. Consistent use of a life jacket can be a matter of life and death, and even adults who think they don’t need a life jacket because they know how to swim can benefit from wearing one. In dangerous water, a lifejacket can assure someone who has sustained an injury can get help quickly.