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Important pool and water safety tips this summer

A recent near-drowning at a Warrenville fitness center pool serves as a strong reminder to be safe in and around bodies of water this summer season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3.533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States. Children ages 1-4 are among the most risk for unintentional drowning or other injury. Fortunately, there are important safety reminders that can prevent serious injuries or death.

The City of Naperville issued important safety tips for adults and children while they are in the pool or around water. Adults should always remain within an arm's length from an infant or toddler. Further, adults should pay constant attention to children and remain free from distractions, like talking on the phone or socializing great distances from their children.

Other important safety precautions homeowners can take to prevent pool drownings or other injuries include:

1) Having a fence that is at least 4 feet high with no footholds or handholds that a child could climb.

2) Have no more than four inches between vertical slats.

3) Have a well maintained and self-closing gate. A latch should be at least 54 inches, or out of reach of a child.

4) For above-ground pools, remove ladders to prevent access by children.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are committed to representing people who have been seriously injured and incur significant medical expenses as a result of personal injury or other swimming pool accidents or injuries. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle automobile claims and all types of other personal injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.

Sources: http://www.naperville.il.us/watersafety.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html

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