Pool safety tips and drowning statistics

Summer time is a time of fun and enjoyment for most families, but it's also a time when tragedy can strike at a moment's notice.  

Summer equals swimming, but it's also one of the most dangerous times for kids at risk for drowning.  In just the last several days, more than 8 reports of drowning, all children under six years old.

Near Fort Lauderdale a two year old boy did not survive.  His family saying, "They were playing and he must have jumped in the pool behind him."  And, in Phoenix, overnight; a two and a half year old girl died.  

Nationwide each year, 350 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools, most in backyard pools, between the months of June and August, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to a recent study, drowning is a leading cause of death for young children under 14 and 88% happen even with a parent present.

Dr. Adam Katchmarchi, Executive Director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, says "They have to designate a water watcher.  Supervision is one of the key critical elements when it comes to having safer water, especially in residential pools.  Someone who is of a proper age, who will not be distracted."

The experts warn us not to rely on foam noodles or water wings b/c they're really no substitution for a life jacket and if there's no adult around, put the toys away so the kids aren't tempted to grab something and jump in the water.

Be prepared, experts tell us, learn lifesaving skills like CPR and consider putting a fence around the pool.  Require every kid to wear a life jacket.

 

 

 

Clayton Sandell, ABC News, Denver

 

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