Every year we hear devastating stories of people who lost loved ones to drowning. A swimming pool is a valuable addition to any property and provides a place to enjoy the hot summer weather. However, they are a safety risk for people who don’t know how to swim, hence the need to prevent such scenarios before they happen. Understanding the facts and how to avoid drowning is advisable, especially if you have children on the premises. Pool Demolition of Dallas can help you restore safety to your home by getting rid of your pool, creating space for safer yard additions.
General Drowning Facts
Drowning is silent and fast, happening in as little as 20 to 60 seconds. This is one of the least expected accidents, yet it affects many people worldwide. The US Center for Disease Control, non-profit organizations like the International Lifesaving Federation, and research experts underreport drowning in the United States and globally. Although no single standard exists for attributing drowning victims, annual drownings are estimated to be more than 300,000 worldwide.
As the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury and death worldwide, drowning accounts for nearly 7% of all injury-related deaths. It is also the leading cause of death among children between one and four. Males are more likely to drown than their female counterparts, with the US recording ten fatalities per day because of drowning.
According to recent reports, the United States has an average of 4,000 drowning fatalities yearly. 23% of these cases happen during family gatherings and often affect young children. The other 87% occurs in residential pools or hot tubs for children younger than five years. If you want to mitigate such scenarios, here are essential prevention tips.
If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, ensure household members know the basics of swimming and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Some swimming basics include floating and moving through the water, which is handy in deep pools. Ensure someone can always perform CPR when the pool is in use, preventing drowning cases and casualties.
Another effective solution to prevent drowning, especially among children, is to install barriers. Many homeowners opt for four-sided fences with self-latching or closing gates around the pool. If you install the obstacles, ensure you entirely separate the play area and house from the pool. A professional can recommend the most suited type of barrier for your pool without compromising safety, aesthetics, or durability.
Lastly, drowning can be prevented by getting rid of the pool. There are instances when the pool is only in use for a short time, wasting money and time. Although it is a valuable investment, it doesn’t affect the overall value of your property if you plan to list your home for sale. We assess your pool area before demolition, guaranteeing minimal damage.
Contact us at Pool Demolition of Dallas and talk to our representative to learn more about our services. We have a stellar track record of providing exceptional services at competitive market rates, giving homeowners a new slate for other landscaping projects.