The study below was conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to find out how child drowning incidents occur ant that even supervision does fail! These tests were done in Arizona, California and Florida.
How big is the problem?
390 Children Drown a Year
75% are under 5 (293 reported younger then 5 years old)
58% Occurred in Pools (226 involved in-ground pools)
A pool is 100x more likely to kill a child than a gun
How does it happen?
69% of parents responsible for supervising the child
77% were seen 5 minutes before being found in the pool
46% of children who drown were thought to be in the house
What is the location of pool drownings?
65% were in a pool owned by the child's family
22% at a relatives home
11% at a neighbors home
Drownings happen quick and with out warning. There is NO cry for help! 77% of children had been seen 5 minutes or less before being misses and then discovered in the pool.
Where were they last seen?
46% thought there children were in the home (15% thought the child was sleeping)
23% were seen in the yard or patio - not the pool area.
31% we last seen in the pool or pool area
What activity was the person supervising doing?
39% were doing chores
18 percent we're socializing
9 percent were busy on the telephone
How can it be prevented?
Pool Safety Fencing
High Locks/Alarms On Doors and Windows
Rescue Education, Swim Lessons, CPR, etc
THERE CAN BE NO COMPROMISES ON POOL SAFETY. YOUR ARE DEALING - LITERALLY - WITH A LIFE AND DEATH SITUATION!
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