Experts Are Warning Against New Threat This Summer
July 23, 2020
The current Coronavirus pandemic has forced summer vacations across the country to look a bit differently this year. Many states are requiring New Jersey visitors to self-quarantine upon arrival, which means that more and more families are postponing their annual trips until it’s safe to travel. As a result, families are looking for relaxing and cost-effective forms of entertainment, especially now that children are finished with virtual learning.
According to industry experts, swimming pool sales have skyrocketed in 2020. The NPD Group said that sales of pools and other outdoor recreational activities are up 160%. When asked about the uptick, one Pennsylvania resident jokingly told Good Morning America that she got “the last above-ground pool in North America.” While swimming remains a popular form of entertainment for families of all sizes, experts are warning against an unprecedented danger that New Jersey families are now plagued with.
Cause of the Uptick
Unlike previous summers when families were home because they were off from work, the pandemic has created a new normal. Since its onset, many New Jersey families have been working remotely. This, coupled with watching, entertaining and assisting children with virtual learning, has given a whole new meaning to juggling responsibilities. However, one emergency physician from the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida is speaking out about this; “With parents working from home and trying to provide that supervision of their children while working, it leads to more opportunities for children to get out of the house and to get to a pool or a body of water.”
Dr. Patrick Mularoni is not alone in this way of thinking; the American Academy of Pediatrics also warned that child drowning incidents may be increasing as a result of caregivers being distracted while trying to juggle childcare, work and other mandatory responsibilities. According to the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, child drowning incidents have increased a frightening 160% when compared to this time last year.
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
While caretakers are faced with unprecedented situations this summer, there are several common causes of swimming pool accidents that parents and caregivers alike need to be aware of. These include:
- Slip and falls into or near the pool
- Lack of supervision
- Lack of lifeguards at public pools/hotels
- Pool drains
- Diving board injuries
- Lack of qualified lifeguards on premises
- Failure to post adequate signage around the pool
- And more
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