Las Vegas is a recreational spot unlike any other in the world. Unfortunately, its unique features present unique problems. With numerous casinos, hotels and resorts boasting multiple pools, slides and other water features it is not uncommon for accidents to happen.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), not including boating accidents, 10 people die from drowning every day in the United States. Even with a lifeguard on duty, and witnesses and parents often mere seconds away, pool accidents are a regular occurrence in Las Vegas. From slips, trips and falls to oxygen deprivation injuries, parents and pool officials are cautioned about water safety on a regular basis. Unfortunately, drownings and water injuries still occur.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compiled stats from numerous years and published data with the NSC. Of note:
- Boys younger than 15 die from drowning at twice the rate as girls.
- In 2015 alone, 351 children younger than 15 died in pools and spas.
- Emergency departments treat around 6,400 pool and spa injuries in children younger than 15 every year.
Unfortunately, teens and young adults often don’t think about water safety. This can be even more prevalent in vacation settings. An individual having fun typically throws caution to the wind. In a vacation center like Las Vegas, this can be a dangerous habit.
Parents, also, eschew safe behaviors while relaxing on vacation. They must always remember to keep an eye on the children, even while relaxing by the pool. Additionally, parents should remember to avoid drinking too much when around the water. A dulled reaction or blurred perception could spell disaster. If you or a loved one suffered a pool injury, it is important to discuss your situation with a skilled personal injury attorney for guidance.