Last week, a man tragically lost his life when he drowned at the Maryland Beaver Dam Swimming Club. Unfortunately, this is a common event during the heat of the summer months, when men, women and children flock to pools and water parks to cool off. It is important to follow all safety regulations when swimming in order to prevent these horrific accidents.
Beaver Dam Swimming Club has been the site of a number of drownings. In 2001, a 20-year-old man died in the water. And in 2002, the club was ordered to pay more than $700,000 to the family of a 24-year-old victim. It was in a Baltimore County circuit court in 2002 where the family was awarded $760,000 in a $2 million lawsuit against the club after they claimed the staff was negligent in their response to find the victim.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that nearly 400 children drown in a pool each year, with 75 percent of those incidents involving children younger than 5. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children between the ages of 1 and 3 and African-American children between the ages 5 and 19 are most likely to drown. The CPSC has initiated a Pool Safelycampaign. Pool Safely is a national public education effort to reduce drowning.
The CPSC’s Top 10 Tips to Stay Safe Around the Pool and Spa:
1. Never leave a child unattended in or around a pool
2. Teach children basic water safety tips
3. If a child is missing, first look in the pool
4. Keep children away from pool drains
5. Ensure all pool drain covers comply with federal standards
6. Learn how to swim and teach your children to swim
7. Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults
8. Install a 4-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool
9. Install lockable safety cover on your spa
10. Have lifesaving equipment easily accessible
Swimming pools can pose serious dangers and accidents are far too common.
If you or a loved one is ever injured in a swimming pool accident call The Yost Legal Group, Baltimore, MD and Northern Virginia personal injury lawyers for help. We’ll speak with you for free to discuss your situation and help you understand your rights. If we take your case, we will do so on a no win/no fee or expence basis.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident in Baltimore MD or Northern Virginia, call 1-800-YOST-LAW (1-800-967-8529) to speak with one of our experienced attorneys today.
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