During a party of 100 people in Orange County earlier this year, a two-year old boy drowned in the backyard pool. None of the partygoers heard or saw the toddler fall into the pool. They only noticed him unconscious there and called for an ambulance. The toddler was rushed to Placentia-Linda Hospital but was later, tragically, pronounced dead.
The California Department of Public Health reports that in 2010, 1,393 people were treated for swimming pool accidents in the state. To prevent such harm, the legislature enacted the California Swimming Pool Safety Act. Any swimming pool built at a private, single-family home after January 1, 2007, must possess one of the following safety features to prevent drowning:
These safety features focus on preventing young children from wandering off and falling into the pool undetected.
In addition to the legal precautions prescribed by the Swimming Pool Safety Act, each San Diego family can take additional steps to promote safety. Families should not leave children unsupervised by the pool and should not serve alcohol poolside. In addition, families should take a water safety course and keep young swimmers within arm’s length. It’s also a good idea to have a phone handy to call paramedics if needed.
Swimming pools offer hours of enjoyment but they do require homeowners to be vigilant in maintaining safe pool areas. If you have been injured at a neighbor’s pool, consult with a San Diego personal injury attorney who has experience with swimming pool accidents.