According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning was the leading cause of death for children ages one (1) to four (4) years of age. https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/child_injury_data.html Obviously, bathtubs and sinks make up a significant percentage of those injuries and deaths, but so do family pools. Drowning is a serious risk that every parent and caregiver should be knowledgeable about.
There are several steps that parents and caregivers can take to mitigate the risk of a pool drowning. The Centers for Disease Control also recommends that children and weak swimmers wear a life vest. https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/drowning/index.html Additionally, CPR training should be undertaken for anyone old enough to understand. Finally, pool water alarms and a proper fence around the pool (as opposed to just one fence that does not separate off areas where children play) should be installed. These simple steps should drastically decrease the risk of a tragedy from a childhood pool drowning.
A Michigan native who graduated from both Michigan State University and Cooley Law School, Mr. Weidenfeller has limited his practice of law to representing individuals who have been permanently injured and families who have lost a loved one as the result of medical errors for more than 20 years. In that time, he has been featured on the cover of Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly and has spoken to many and varied professional groups about trial practice and effective communication.