September 13, 2012 – 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. Around the country, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children one to four years of age.
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What’s the problem?
Of the 137 swimming pool drownings of the Summer 2012 season, 54 occurred soon after the children left the supervision of an adult who was in their immediate vicinity, and 31 drowned despite being in the presence of others around the pool. Additionally, this year’s statistics appear to be consistent with CPSC’s annual reports in showing that young children and toddlers are particularly vulnerable to drowning. At least 100 of the 137 fatalities occurred in children under the age of five.
“These figures are a strong indication that child drownings are a serious public health problem,” CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said. “We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young lives and leaving families devastated. While summer is ending, our vigilance in ensuring that all children pool safely must not end. With so many indoor community pools, hotel pools and spas, indoor waterparks, as well as outdoor pools that remain open in warm-weather states, we must continue our efforts to remind everyone to pool safely whenever they are near the water.”
Each May, CPSC releases data on drownings and other non-fatal pool-related injuries for children under the age of 15. Between 2007 and 2009, an average of 243 children drowned in pools or spas during the summer months, which accounts for approximately 63% of the average annual drowning figures for these years. About 5,200 pool or spa-related emergency department-treated injuries occur on average each year for children younger than 15, according to this year’s submersion report.
The CPSC recommends the following simple steps to ensure that children and adults stay safe around pools and spas:
- Stay close, be alert and watch children in and around the pool. Never leave children unattended in a pool or spa; always watch children closely around all bodies of water; teach children basic water safety tips; and keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings.
- Learn and practice water safety skills. Every family member should know how to swim. Learn how to perform CPR on both children and adults.
- Have appropriate equipment for your pool or spa. This includes pool fencing, a lockable safety cover for spas, proper drain covers to avoid entrapments, and lifesaving equipment such as life rings and a reaching pole.
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Free Swimming Pool Drowning Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one drowned in a swimming pool or spa, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a swimming pool drowning suit and we can help.