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At this time of year, Hollywood and South Florida pools are in high demand. If you have your own swimming pool at home, there are many things you can do to ensure swimming pool safety for yourself and your guests:

1) Secure the pool area.

Swimming pool areas pose a significant liability risk for homeowners. If you own a swimming pool, you need to take steps to ensure no child or person accidentally falls in and suffers an injury. Children, especially, can be drawn to swimming pools and can easily sustain serious childhood injuries at your Hollywood home if the area is not safe. Always place a tall fence around the pool area and secure it with a self-locking gate. Where possible, install an alarm system which will let you know if anyone enters your property without your knowledge.

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Pools are a major safety concern for parents. In fact, according to economist Steven D. Levitt, swimming pools are about 100 times more likely than a handgun to result in child fatalities. It is time to start treating swimming pools with due care to prevent drownings and near drowning incidents in Hollywood and across the country.

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It all starts with how we look swimming pools. When we start taking the same care with swimming pools that we take with other risks, we can reduce the number of swimming pool injuries and fatalities. There are several things you can do if you’d like to play a role in reducing pool risks:

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If you have a pool at home, you’ll want to be able to enjoy it all summer long. You’ll also want to make sure that it is safe for all of your family and all of your guests to enjoy. There are several ways you can ensure safety while preventing injuries at your Homestead pool:

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1) Install no-slip areas around the pool.

One of the biggest risks with pools are slip and fall incidents. By installing no slip treads along the areas leading up to and into the pool area, you can ensure anyone walking with slippery feet will have some traction to prevent slips.

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In Hollywood and across South Florida, children have access to a lot of water recreation. There are pools, waterways, and beaches to play in and many Floridians love taking to the water when the weather is warm (which is most of the year). The state has many waterways and because of the mild weather many homes have pools.

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While all that water can be fun, it does present the risk of water-related injury. Children, however, are especially vulnerable to water injury and drowning in Hollywood and across the region. They may still be developing their swimming skills and they may not fully understand the dangers of water. If you have children, there are several things you can do to keep your kids safer in and around water:

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Now that the summer is here, it’s a great time to own a pool. If your home in Homestead or South Florida has a pool, though, you have an obligation to make sure that your pool area is safe. It is especially important to keep your pool area safe from children who may be attracted by the pool and may wander onto your property. Even if a child trespasses on your property and is injured in your pool, you may be held liable because as a property owner you are considered to have a special obligation of care to children.

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To keep your pool area safe, there are several things you will want to do:

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Pools are a major cause of child injury in Homestead and Florida, especially during the summer months. During this time of the year, beaches are filled with families, pool parties are common, and public pools offer special summer programs. While all of these can be fun, they can also pose a danger, especially for children. According to statistics, Florida has the highest rate of drownings for children 13 years and younger. For Florida children between the ages of one and four, drowning is the leading cause of death. In the state, drowning rates for those under the age of 5 are double what they are in the rest of the country.

According to safety experts, one of the best ways to keep children safe from injury is to teach them swimming skills early on in life. Children who are strong swimmers may have a lower risk of pool injury and drowning in Homestead or their community. Many pools and community centers offer low-cost swimming lessons for children and many communities even have free programs. It is important to start lessons early, where possible. Even babies who can crawl can be taught to float on their backs – a skill that could save their life.

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Another important line of defense is to secure any pool area in your home. If you have a pool, it is important to have it protected by a fence and a self-locking gate to prevent children from wandering into the pool area alone. A motion-sensitive alarm that sounds when someone is in the pool area is also a smart safety precaution. Even a simple door alarm in a pool area can be a very easy way to keep a pool safe and these basic alarms can cost as little as $10. Installing good security systems around the pool not only improves safety but can also protect you from a premises liability claim in your Homestead or Florida home.

A final piece of the solution is to ensure good supervision. According to safety experts, any time that children are around water – whether that means at a pool, beach, lake, in a boat or bathtub – proper supervision is vital. Even if a child knows how to swim, they can panic if they get into trouble in the water and can still be at risk.

The Florida Department of Health and the DFC have teamed up with Florida YMCAs to launch the “Eyes on the Kids” program to promote good supervision this summer when children are around water. The message is simple: when children are around water it is important for adults to avoid texting or anything else that could distract them from safety.

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Many homeowners in Homestead decide to put in a pool at their home. While in the past pools were rather expensive today’s simple models cost a few hundred dollars and can be set up in an afternoon. While buying a pool is simple, however, many homeowners do not realize the ways that a pool in the backyard can increase the risk of injury and liability. If you are considering buying a pool, make sure that you:

1) Buy the safest pool and pool equipment you can. Each year, product liability claims are launched in Homestead and across Florida due to defective and dangerous pools and equipment. Research the pool company before you buy and purchase the safest pool you can – even if that means paying a little more.

2) Buy the accessories that will make your pool safe. At minimum, you will want a fence around the pool area and a self-locking gate. An alarm system and no-slip treads surrounding the pool area are also a good idea and can help prevent many pool injuries in your Homestead pool.

3) Maintain your pool area. In addition to cleaning the pool, do a periodic check of the gate and fence as well as the pool itself. If the gate or fence is broken in any way and a child wanders into the pool area you could be held liable if the child sustains any injuries, such as head injuries, in your Homestead pool.

4) Never introduce something into the pool area that is not supposed to be there. If a child’s toy says it should not be used as a flotation device, do not permit your children to use it as such. If your child wants to have a radio by the pool, invest in a water-safe portable radio. Introducing unsafe elements and chemicals into the pool area can have dire consequences; last week, party-goers in Leon, Mexico were seriously injured when party organizers poured liquid nitrogen into a pool to create a smoke effect.

5) Set up pool rules. These rules should include guidelines such as:

•No running by the pool
•No swimming without supervision
•Children and minors are not allowed in the pool area without an adult present
•No electronic equipment is allowed near the pool area
There should be clear consequences for breaking the rules and the rules should be posted in the pool area.

6) Protect your children’s eyes. According to Professor Gerald McGwin Jr. at the University of Alabama, childhood eye injuries are more common during the summer months and a common culprit is swimming pools. He recommends using swimming goggles and masks and checking water pH levels often to prevent this common type of injury.

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Now that the summer months are approaching, many people look forward to opening their swimming pools at home. However, while fun, swimming pools are also a source of danger, especially for young children. Each year, children are rushed to local emergency rooms as Davie brain injury patients or spinal cord injury patients due to pool-related injuries. In addition, many children suffer near-drowning or even fatal injuries caused by swimming pool injuries. To prevent a Davie swimming pool accident at your home, experts advise:

1) Adding the right fence. The right fence should completely surround the pool area and should come with a self-locking gate. This fence should be in addition to any other property fencing your yard has. According to the CDC, a four-sided isolation pool fence reduces drowning by 83% when compared with three-sided general property fences.

2) Ban alcohol at pool parties. While many homeowners combine barbecue, alcoholic beverages, and pool parties, but it can be a deadly mix. According to the CDC, many drowning deaths involve alcohol use. Alcohol affects judgment and balance, and can easily cause a drowning death or pool injury. Alcohol is also a leading cause of Florida and Davie boating accidents.

3) Add other safety features for your pool area. While a self-locking gate and isolating fence are the basic safety requirements, there are many safety devices that can help make your pool safer, and these devices are more affordable today than ever before. For example, one of the best safety devices you can buy for your pool area is an alarm that can alert you anytime someone enters the pool area.

4) Ensure that everyone in your family is a good swimmer. Excellent swimming skills can reduce the risk of drowning. According to the CDC, signing up children between the ages of one and four for swimming lessons can reduce the risk of accidental drowning by 88%.

5) Add no-slip treads around your pool area. In addition to drowning, many Davie pool-related injuries include Davie brain injuries and spinal cord injuries caused by falls. In many cases, the wet area surrounding a pool can facilitate Davie slip and fall accidents. Adding no-slip treads can help prevent these types of accidents on your property. Enforcing a no-running rule in the pool area is also important to help prevent Davie slip and fall injuries.

6) Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as well as other first aid lessons. If an accident does occur at your home, you will be able to help until emergency personnel arrive.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately ten Americans die from drowning each day, with about 20% of victims being children age 14 or younger. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for young children and the sixth leading cause of death for all Americans. There are many risk factors associated with drowning and pool accidents:

1) Race and ethnicity. According to the CDC, drowning rates for children vary by ethnicity and race. For example, the drowning rate for African-American children is 3.1 times higher than for Caucasian children. The drowning rate for young Native American children is 2.3 times higher than for Caucasian children in the same age range. Cultural, social, and access issue may contribute to this.

2) Age. Children between the ages of one and four have the highest drowning rate of all ages. Part of the reason for this is because children in this age group often do not yet have the swimming skills needed to protect themselves from drowning. As well, young children are often very attracted to the water and have fewer fears about the dangers of water.

3) Gender. According to the CDC, 80% of drowning victims are male.

4) Barriers and physical safety devices. According to the CDC, most drownings of children between the ages of 1 and 4 occur in residential swimming pools. In most of these cases, children are out of sight for under 5 minutes, are supervised, and are last seen in the home. In other words, in most of these cases, drownings occur because a child wanders away towards water, even when the child is being supervised. Barriers are designed to help prevent just this type of incident. Most experts recommend at least a high-walled four-sided fence around the pool area as well as a safe locking gate. There are many additional safety items – such as alarms – that can also make the pool area safer and there are safety items that can be used in any water settings as well. When boating, for example, life jackets can reduce the risk of drowning substantially.

5) Supervision. Supervision – by a qualified lifeguard at a pool or a parent during bath time — helps prevent drowning. However, it is important to ensure that children are supervised at all times when they are near water, since Deerfield Beach drowning and pool accidents can take place at any time. Supervision can also help prevent other accidents, including Deerfield Beach slip and fall accidents and other Deerfield Beach accidents involving minors or children.

6) Location. Very young children are most likely to drown in a residential swimming pool, but according to the CDC, 65% of drowning victims over the age of 14 died in a natural water setting.

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Florida is the leading state for drowning deaths involving children under the age of five. It is also one of the leading states for boating accidents. Florida’s many waterways provide countless hours of fun, but they can also be deadly. There are many things that can be done to help prevent tragedies this summer:

1) Be careful of any water that is two inches or more in depth. A child can drown in minutes in just two inches of water, so it’s not just pools that need to be secured. Wading pools, inflatable pools, and even a bathtub can be dangerous for small children.

2) Secure all access to water. Most parents know that they need to secure a pool. However, a vacation home near a lake can pose new challenges, since toddlers are drawn to water. In many cases, drowning and water-related injuries occur when a small child wanders away from a supervised area and into water.

3) Teach children swimming skills and early. There are many swimming classes and courses available during the summer, and many focus on water safety. These classes can teach children the basics about water – such as the importance of never swimming along and the importance of not swimming after a meal – as well as the skills needed to get out of the water. For their own safety, children should be taught to swim early and should receive instruction until they are proficient swimmers and have a healthy respect for the water.

4) On a boat or any water recreational device, wear life jackets. Recreational boats – such as kayaks for kids and paddle boats – are more accessible and affordable than ever before. However, any water craft – even one that looks like a toy – poses risks. Have your children wear life jackets each time they get on a watercraft.

5) Rely on supervision. Good supervision is vital for ensuring that children do not take risks around the water. Supervision also ensures that children who do get into trouble in the water get help quickly. It is best to have groups of adults supervise children around water. Take breaks and work in shifts to ensure that adults stay alert and can focus on talking and relaxing as well as keeping everyone safe.

6) Teach your teens about diving safely. Older children and teens are inevitably drawn to Florida’s many water holes and swimming areas. Unfortunately, children and teens often take risks around the water, including diving into natural waterways. This behavior leads to many Florida spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, since in some cases the water is simply not deep enough for diving. Prohibit your teens and children from diving anywhere but the deep end of a pool. As well, teach your children and teens to evaluate the depth and safety of water before diving.

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