Information released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign, shows that 90 children younger than 15 have drowned in swimming pools since Memorial Day. 72% of those children were younger than 5 years old.
An additional 106 children of that age required emergency response for near-drowning incidents.
Drowning Is the Leading Cause Of Unintentional Deaths With Children Younger Than 5
Young children and toddlers are especially vulnerable to drowning.
CPSC’s latest submersion report shows on average 390 pool or spa-related drownings occur each year for children younger than 15 (based on statistics from 2007-2009). An additional 5,200 pool or spa-related emergency department-treated submersion injuries occur on average each year for children younger than 15.
Pool Safely Day Promotes Water Safety
These tragic deaths are preventable. Knowledge and awareness are key.
During the week of July 22-29, the Pool Safely campaign and its partners around the country will be holding events to promote water and pool safety.
Basic safety advice includes –
- Stay close, be alert, and watch children in and around the pool. This means never leave children unattended in a pool or spa; always watch children closely around all bodies of water; teach children basic water safety tips; and keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
- Learn and practice water safety skills. This means every family member should learn how to swim and everyone who is old enough should learn to perform CPR on children and adults.
- Have appropriate equipment for your pool or spa. This include fencing, a lockable safety cover, proper drain covers to avoid entrapments, and lifesaving equipment such as life rings and a reaching pole.
At Siegfried & Jensen, we believe that keeping children safe from unnecessary danger is about the most important work there is. Take a look at these tools and resources for water safety and learn the commonsense steps that can protect the children you love.
Here’s wishing you and your family a fun and accident-free summer!