Pool safety campaign aims to reduce child drownings and entrapments
Swimming Pool Drowning Update 9/13/12: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release today stating that at least 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in a pool or spa during the summer 2012 season, which began on Memorial Day (May 28) and ended on Labor Day (Sept. 3). In addition to the fatalities, another 168 children required emergency medical treatment for accidents that occurred in pools and spas during that period. Click here to learn more.
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What’s the problem?
Last month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) kicked off its Pool Safety Campaign (www.poolsafely.gov) to reduce child drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. According to a report on submersion and entrapment incidents involving children submitted by the CPSC:
Between 2005 & 2007, there was an average of 385 pool and spa-related drownings for children younger than 15; about 78 percent, or 2999, of these children were younger than five.
Between 2007 & 2009, there were an estimated average of 4,200 pool or spa emergency department-treated submersions for children younger than 15; children between the ages of 12 and 35 months represented nearly half of the injuries for these years.
Approximately 54% of the estimated injuries for 2007-2009 and 74% of the fatalities for 2005-2007 involving children under the age of 15 occurred at a residence.
Most reported fatalities occurred on the day of (73%) or within a week of (23%) the submersion incident. Just four percent of fatal victims survived beyond a week of the submersion; these victims had severe injuries and required intensive medical care.
For the complete reports see: Pool and Spa Submersions 2010 (http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia10/os/poolsub2010.pdf) and Circulation/Suction Entrapments 2010 (http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia10/os/entrap10.pdf).
The Pool Safety campaign is a key part of the CPSC’s efforts to carry out the requirements of Section 1407 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS) mandating new requirements for pool and spa safety. It includes a requirement for a national public education campaign designed to raise public awareness, support industry compliance, and improve safety at pools and spas.
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