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Campaign Promotes Summer Pool Safety

Ramona Roberts4 years ago

As part of their “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives” Campaign, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released a “Midsummer Drowning Checkup” which found that 90 children have drowned in swimming pools since Memorial Day.

“Making sure their children learn how to swim is one of the most important steps parents can take,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Swimming is a fun activity to help keep cool in the summer and it also can be a lifesaver.”

Campaign Launches “Pool Safely Day”

The “Pool Safely” campaign was launched in 2010 to raise awareness about pool and spa safety. This year, the campaign is increasing its focus on populations most at risk for pool drowning accidents by encouraging pool and water park facilities to celebrate “Pool Safely Day.”

From July 22-29, 2012, participating facilities will distribute pool safety information and offer free swimming lessons and CPR training. According to a CPSC press release, more than 70 facilities in 30 states have registered to participate.

Recent Child Pool Drowning Facts and Statistics

  • 90 children younger than 15 have drowned (and another 106 have experienced near drowning incidents) in swimming pools since Memorial Day.
  • Of the drowning victims, 76% were younger than 5 years old.
  • The following states had the highest concentration of child victims:

    • Texas- 13
    • California- 5
    • New York- 5
    • North Carolina- 5
    • Ohio- 5
    • Pennsylvania- 5
Simple Steps for Pool Safety
  • Stay close, be alert, and watch children in and around the pool.
  • Learn and practice water safety and first aid skills.
  • Have appropriate safety equipment for your pool or spa.
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