The fourth of July is a day friends and family get together to celebrate America's independence, as well as celebrate her patriotic heritage. There will be fireworks, there will be barbeque, and of course, there will be swimming. As mothers and fathers across this nation prepare for next week's Fourth of July festivities, Americans need to take a brief look at water safety to keep the holiday fun, and accident free.
A 3 year-old boy recently drowned at a Quality Inn & Suites in Knoxville, TN. He is the third drowning victim at the hotel since 2015. The family of a 7 year-old boy, who drowned in 2017, is currently suing the hotel for negligence. A 4 year-old boy drowned in the same hotel pool in 2015.
If you have stepped outside lately, you probably noticed that summertime has arrived. For many, this means that more time will be spent in, on, or near the waters with family and friends. This also means that there will be more of a risk of injury. Boats, jet skis, and other watersport devices can be quite hazardous if used improperly. In fact, jet skis were associated with 764 injuries and 44 deaths in 2011; deaths and injuries that likely could have been avoided by following the rules, keeping a safe operating distance/speed, and keeping a proper lookout.