Drowning is one of the most serious problems associated with pools and other, natural bodies of water. It is the second most common cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 14.
The sad part is, many drowning cases are actually preventable, if not by the manager of the swimming area or the lifeguards then by the individuals themselves. Restricting swimming areas, providing proper signage, fencing off areas around waterways, providing lifeguard supervision, wearing life jackets, and carefully supervising children are all ways to reduce the instances of drownings.
While lifeguards and the facility management can do a lot to prevent people from drowning, there are things individuals can do as well. Knowing your own limits can help. This is imperative because an individual often drowns when someone swims and then gets too tired. You can help yourself by taking swimming lessons, learning to float, and learning to tread water. In addition, you can often help yourself by wearing a life jacket.
Another way to prevent drowning is to know the water. Wisconsin’s water is frequently cold enough, even during the summer season, to induce hypothermia. For this reason, it is important to know the water temperature. In addition, there are often currents in rivers that can cause problems for inexperienced or weak swimmers.
The most important thing that an individual can do to prevent drowning is wear a life jacket. This is particularly important if an individual is an inexperienced swimmer or lacks confidence in his or her ability to swim.
If you or someone you know has experienced an accident while swimming that is attributable to an error on the part of the managers of the swimming facility, contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.