CPSC’s Pool Safely Campaign Steps to Prevent Aquatic Injuries
There are many concerns about the drowning rates throughout the nation. In 2008 CPSC data showed most child drownings occured in backyard pools. There was a new report sent out today in Washington D.C. from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealing that children younger than age 5 represent more than 75 percent of all pool and spa submersion deaths and 78 percent of pool and spa submersion injuries in the United States involving children younger than 15 years of age. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 represented 67 percent of reported fatalities and 64 percent of injuries.
The CPSC is trying to take new measures in their Pool Safely Campaign by advising that all children learn how to swim and that pools have fences. Learning the statistics below has caused the CPSC to focus attention to particular populations in order to minimize the increase in deaths caused by pool drowning. For the complete reports see: Pool and Spa Submersions 2013 and Circulation/Suction Entrapments 2013.
Children between the ages of 1 and 3 represented 67 percent of reported fatalities and 64 percent of injuries.
African-American children between the ages of 5 and 19 are six times more likely to drown in pools than white and Hispanic children that age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Data from USA Swimming indicate that 70 percent of African-American children and 62 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, making them more likely to drown.
“Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and minority children drown in pools at an alarming rate,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “The lives of countless children can be saved this summer. Take simple safety steps today- teach all children to swim, put a fence around all pools, and always watch children in and around the water.”
The Law of Offices of D. Hardison Wood acknowledges that these accidents are due to inefficient safety warnings, human negligence, and faulty equipment which can lead to severe injury or worse. Unfortunately, more children die every year in aquatic-related injuries than any other accidental injury. Because of the reports presented by the CPSC we should take all precautions necessary to make sure our children are safe when they are participating in water activities.
Pool Safely, a national public education campaign supporting the requirements of Section 1407 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, works with partners around the country to reduce child drownings, near-drownings submersions and entrapment incidents in swimming pools and spas. Parents, caregivers, and the media are encouraged to visit PoolSafely.gov or @PoolSafely on Twitter for vital safety information regarding the prevention of child submersions in and around pools and spas.
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