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CPSC: Safety Campaign Effective in Reducing Drowning Deaths

Amanda Tejuca6 months ago

A new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that the rate of fatal child drownings in pools has decreased 11-percent since 2010.

Pool Safety Campaign Pays Off

The decrease was possibly due to the pool safety campaign that was launched by the agency in the same year. Although the rate has decreased, drowning deaths still pose a significant challenge across the nation. 

There are still ways in which families can improve their safety measures when children are around pools this summer. CPSC chairman urges people to take a pool safety pledge this summer, which recommends they follow the following safety steps to avoid drowning incidents:

  • Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas.
  • Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone or be otherwise distracted. (Order or download a free Water Watcher card at www.PoolSafely.gov)
  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards and if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safe drain covers.

Child Drowning Statistics

The following information provided by the CPSC:

  • Between 2013 and 2015, an estimated 5,600 children younger than 15 years old were treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal drownings in pools or spas.
  • Between 2011 and 2013, the majority of fatal drowning victims were younger than 5 (77 percent of victims younger than 15 years old).
  • Between 2013 and 2015, the majority of hospital emergency room-treated non-fatal drowning victims were younger than 5 years old (77 percent of victims younger than 15 years old).

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