A May 2013 report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) reveals that children younger than age 5represent more than 76 percent of all pool and spa submersion deaths. "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," states 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.” CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign is focusing its attention on populations most at risk of drowning. Visit the Pool Safely website at www.poolsafely.gov to learn about how Simple Steps Saves Lives, find resources and even explore the Kids’ Corner with safety awareness games.
The USA Swimming Foundation, www.usaswimming.org, raises funds to support programs that save lives and builds champions – in the pool and in life. A key program
Is the Make A Splash initiative that promotes all children learn to swim, and thus significantly reduce the risk of drowning. The USA Swimming Foundation reports the following statistics:
- 70% of African American children cannot swim
- 60% of Latino children cannot swim
- 40% of Caucasian children cannot swim
- Ten people drown each day in the US
- Drowning is the 2nd leading cause ofchildhood unintentional death in children under the age of 14
- Participation in formal swimming lessons couldreduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%
The Mesa (Arizona) Fire and Medical Department recently released a new drowning prevention campaign, “I Remember.” The three public serviceannouncements can be found at YouTube and tell a heart-wrenching story of whywe all need to work together to promote water safety.