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Swimming Pool Accidents

Child Related Swimming Pool Accidents

From water parks to your own backyard, swimming pools have become a necessity for families across the United States. While swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to cool off and enjoy your summer, they also come with life-threatening risks with which all parents should be aware.


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average there are 5,100 pool- or spa-related submersion injuries treated in emergency rooms each year involving children under 15. Additionally:

  • Children between the ages of one and three-years-old represented 64% of submersion injuries.
  • Roughly 390 fatalities are reported each year; 76% of submersion fatalities occur in children under the age of five.
  • Pool and spa accidents are most likely to occur in warmer months and peak in June.
  • 48% of submersion injuries and 73% of fatalities occur at a residence.

Nonfatal submersion injuries can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.

  • Failure to maintain water clarity
  • Inattentive and untrained Life Guards
  • Failure to maintain self latching and closing gates that keep young children from entering pool area
  • Failure to maintain pool logs as required by state laws
  • Vacuum drains that do not have proper covers can cause serious or fatal results
  • Lack of safety equipment on hand such as shepard hooks and ring buoys with throw ropes
  • Lack of flotation safety lines separating deep and shallow areas of pool
  • Unclear depth markers that prevent swimmers from knowing what the depth of the pool is
  • Lack of certified and properly trained pool staff responsible for pool upkeep
  • Defective pool equipment such as filters and pool pumps that affect water clarity
  • Lack of pool ladders that allow easy exit from pools
  • Emergency phone near pool not working or non-existent
  • Overcrowded pools with too many people in the pool at one time
  • Inadequate light for pool area
  • Defective pool lights

For more information on swimming pool accidents and water related injuries, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Healthy Swimming/ Recreational Water Safety website.


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