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California Swimming Pool Accident Kills 1, Injures 1

December 31, 1969

A young tot has dead and his 2-year-old brother is clinging to life after both of them were pulled from their swimming pool in La Mesa.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the mother and her friend were at the home when the accident happened. Accident reports indicate that they did not notice that the children fell into the pool. The mother was reportedly asleep. When she woke up, she found the children in the pool, floating and unresponsive. Both the mother and her male friend rushed the children to the fire station where paramedics tried to revive them.
Both of the children were taken to the hospital. That's where the young girl was pronounced dead. Her brother remains in the intensive care unit.

Our Costa Mesa swimming pool accident lawyers understand that the summer swimming season brings about some serious risks for pool accidents. This is especially true when we're talking about our younger swimmers. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are more than 10 million residential pools and close to 310,000 public swimming pools throughout the country. There are a lot of accident risks floating in those pools.

Each and every day, there are roughly 10 people who are killed in unintentional drowning incidents. Of these fatalities, roughly two of them are under the age of 15. Downing continues to be one of the top causes for unintentional injury in the country.

Don't worry! There are ways that you can help to keep your pool safe and your kids safer. Read the following tips and take action to help ensure a safe swimming season.

-Never allow a child to swim in the pool unattended. Make sure that when you're supervising that you're actually watching them. It only takes a matter of seconds for accidents to happen.

-Get your child in swimming lessons. It's been proven to help to reduce the risks of drowning.

-Make sure there is always a telephone nearby when anyone is swimming. You want to be able to contact authorities as soon as possible should an accident occur.

-Instruct babysitters about potential hazards to young children in and around swimming pools and the need for constant supervision.

-Surround your pool with a four-sided fence. Make sure the fence is at least 4 feet tall and that it's equipped with child safety locks.

-Consider learning CRP. This will help you to keep a victim alive until emergency response personnel arrive.

-Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.

-Never use a floatation device as a substitute for attention adult supervision.

-Never store children's toys near or in the pool. You don't want anything nearby to attract their attention and draw them closer to the pool (especially when you're not around).

-Make sure there is available rescue equipment near the pool.

Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has suffered a swimming pool accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.

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