New Report Highlights Importance of Pool Safety For Youngest Children

by Carmen Dellutri on June 4, 2013

Florida drowning accident attorneyA new report reveals just how dangerous pools can be for small children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that children under the age of 5 represent more than 75 percent of all pool and spa drowning deaths.

The CPSC report, released just in time for the summer swimming season, examined data on reported pool or spa-related drowning accidents between 2008 and 2010. Below are several other findings that all parents should read:

  • Residential locations dominated incidents involving victims younger than 5 years of age; 85 percent of the fatalities occurred at residential pools or spas.
  • About 50 percent of the injuries and 73 percent of the fatalities involving children younger than 15 years occurred at a residence.
  • Of the reported pool fatalities for children younger than age 15, about 60 percent (231) occurred in in-ground pools; 15 percent (59) in aboveground pools, and nearly 10 percent (37) in portable pools.
  • There were no reported entrapment fatalities for 2012. The last recorded fatality of a child due to suction entrapment was in 2007.  CPSC received seven reports of entrapment injury incidents during 2012.

In addition to small children of all races, African-American and Hispanic children between the ages of 5 and 14 are also at a higher risk of drowning. 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.

For tips on pool safety, we encourage you to check out our prior posts.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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