Not All Pool Covers Prevent Drownings

In New York, a 2 year old Buffalo boy is in critical condition after he was found submerged in a swimming pool that had a pool cover on it. Sadly, the blue solar pool cover was not secure enough to prevent the boy from sliding under the pool cover and into the water. He remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital.

In 2007, a 2 year old little girl named Alexis lost her life after she drowned in her family's swimming pool. Alexis' father formed a foundation called "Lexi's Legacy" to raise enough money to donate thousands of pool alarms to pool owners to prevent accidental drownings like this one.

New York State, as well as many other states, now has in place laws that mandate all new pools to be equipped with motion sensitive alarms. The alarms are designed to detect any turbulence in the water that is caused by a child weighing 15 pounds or more. The activated alarm can be heard up to 100 feet away from the pool.

Even if it is not a law, pool owners should place motion alarms in their pools and take every precaution possible to prevent accidental drownings. Pools should also be surrounded by a fence with a self latching gate. When an above-the-ground pool is not in use, entry ladders should be removed or blocked to prevent a child from entering the pool. When covering a pool, make sure it is covered with a secure pool cover that would prohibit any access to the water.

Since 1958, the experienced lawyers at the Beasley wrongful death law firm have been representing families whose lives have been drastically impacted due to swimming pool accidents and drownings. If you or a loved one has been injured please call us at (215) 866-2424 for a risk-free consultation. We are here to help you.


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