Pool Safely Information and Resources: Reducing Child Drownings, Near-Drownings, Submersions, and Entrapment Incidents in Swimming Pools and Spas
Pool Safely is a national public education campaign supporting the requirements of Section 1407 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, and it works with partners around the country to reduce child drownings, near-drownings, submersions, and entrapment incidents in swimming pools and spas.
Secondary drowning is a term that’s being thrown around on social media and even in news reports recently, and while it’s getting a lot of attention now, doctors say it’s been a problem for as long as people have been around water.
With summer officially here, it’s a good time to remind parents what it is and what to do if your kids are acting strangely after swimming.
Every summer, the news includes reports about youths who drowned while swimming in a local lake or pool. Many had been with friends or family who tried their best to save them.
Although drowning can be prevented, it remains the second most common cause of accidental injury and death in 15- to 19-year-olds, according to U.S. data. Boys this age are much more likely to drown than girls, notes the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Most drownings happen in lakes, rivers and ponds.
Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows.
Black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children, the research found. That suggests a lot of blacks are not learning to swim, said the lead author, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Swimming is a life-saving skill, not just another sport, she said.
For children under age 5, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death, with rates even surpassing those of traffic accident fatalities in recent years, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Between 1999 and 2010, more than 46,000 people died from drowning in the United States, or more than 10 per day, according to the report. However, drowning death rates have decreased over time for most age groups, the report said.
People in rural areas are nearly three times more likely to drown than those who live in cities, a new Canadian study finds.
This may be because rural residents are more likely to be around open water and less likely to have taken swimming lessons, according to the researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.
Their findings -- from an analysis of drowning incidents in the province of Ontario between 2004 and 2008 -- appeared recently in the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education.
The Pool Safely campaign offers a variety of educational materials to enhance our communications with all of you, as you promote child, family and community water safety. The Pool Safely campaign team works to keep these materials relevant and up to date.
CPSC’s Submersion Report 2012 presents data about child drownings and non-fatal submersions in and around the home. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years-old. It takes only a few inches of water for a young child to drown.
Here is our mini-infographic based on data from this report:
The Pool Safely campaign would like to remind families about the drowning risk present in every home. About 87 children younger than 5 drown in incidents around the home and more than 80 percent of these children are younger than 2. Bathtubs, toilets, buckets, washing machines, landscape features and other containers with a small amount of liquid present a danger to toddlers and young children.
Every year, CPSC compiles an end of summer drowning report to track the tragic toll of child drownings nationwide.