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Kids Can Drown in Inflatable Pools Too! | Injury Prevention

Dec 13, 2012

Inflatable and portable swimming pools are increasing in popularity due to their easy set up and affordability, especially among low socioeconomic communities who may not be able to afford a permanent swimming pool and the costs associated with installing a pool fence. Not having a fence around large inflatable or portable pools is a major risk of drowning for young children.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Personal Watercraft Use by Children and Adolescents

Feb. 2000


The use of personal watercraft (PWC) has increased dramatically during the past decade as have the speed and mobility of the watercraft. A similar dramatic increase in PWC-related injury and death has occurred simultaneously. No one younger than 16 years should operate a PWC. The operator and all passengers must wear US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. Other safety recommendations are suggested for parents and pediatricians.

Comparing Apples with Apples? Abusive Head Trauma, Drowning and Low-Speed Vehicle Run-Overs (LSVROs) | Injury Prevention

Oct 11, 2012

“Head trauma in children, particularly as a consequence of abuse, is an important issue, and we support the need for interventions in this area. We would, however, like to clarify some potentially misleading information published in the article by Kaltner et al, regarding the incidence of abusive head trauma (AHT) in Queensland in relation to other serious childhood trauma, such as drowning and low-speed vehicle run-overs (LSVROs).”

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Drowning Prevention

Definition: Childhood drowning and near-drowning can occur in a number of settings -- pools, hot tubs, beaches, lakes, bathtubs, and buckets. Activities such as boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, and surfing are also associated with water-related injuries and fatalities. Most drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.

Michigan: Donald Liu, Comer Pediatric Surgery Chief, Dies Saving 2 Drowning Children

Aug 16, 2012

A man who devoted his life to saving children drowned while pulling two kids from the undertow in Lake Michigan Sunday, August 5th. Liu, 50, was staying at a friend's summer home in Berrien County, Mich., with his wife and three children last weekend, when he saw two young boys struggling against the current Sunday morning, CBS Chicago reports. Just before 10 a.m., Liu jumped into the water and helped pull the children to safety, but was pulled underwater by a riptide in the process and drowned.

Stopping Kids from Drowning: Why I Do What I Do at the Injury Center – A Blog Post from CDC

Aug 02, 2012

“People who work in hospitals and emergency departments can tell you. Treating kids is a hard job—especially when a child comes in with a serious injury that could have been prevented.  I still get sad remembering some of the cases I worked on as a doctor in Philadelphia—many of my stories don’t have happy endings.

Water Safety: CSN Resource Guide 2012

Jun. 2012

With the start of summer, CSN is providing this special issue of our newsletter on water safety. This newsletter issue contains data on drowning and scald injuries; information about water safety laws; prevention strategies and programs; evaluations of the effectiveness of lifeguards and swimming lessons to support safe swimming practices; policies and campaigns to encourage water safety; and safety barrier restrictions and other safety guidelines.

Pool Safely Day – July 22 to July 29

Jul 19, 2012

Participants from all around the U.S. will be celebrating Pool Safely Day 2012 during the week of July 22 – July 29, 2012.

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New York: Before Standardized Tests, Teaching Children Not to Drown

Over the last 18 months, 14,385 second graders from 132 public schools have been introduced to the water through Swim for Life.

Over the last 18 months, 14,385 second graders from 132 public schools have been introduced to the water through Swim for Life, a name borrowed from a program in Philadelphia. That is an impressive number, but as Mr. Benepe noted, it covers just 10 percent of second-grade children in the last two years.

“Basically, it costs about $100 to drown-proof a kid,” he said.

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