Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in children 1-4
From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017*, at least 163 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a Pool Safely campaign partner. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age five.
During the same timeframe in 2016, 205 children younger than age 15 drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports. Of the 205 reports, 140 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age five.
“Each one of these deaths is a tragedy, which serves as a sobering reminder of how dangerous water can be for young children,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Follow some simple steps that save lives whenever children are enjoying time in or near the water.”
- Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
- Learn how to swim and teach children how to swim.
- 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.
- 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.
Drowning is quick and silent and only takes a second. It often goes unnoticed and occurs when lots of adults are present. It can happen when a parent is talking on the phone or texting.