Splash around in the 'Pool Safely'
The weather has been beautiful lately, but we all know those temps will be rising soon.
And what better way to cool down than jumping in a pool? But remember to be safe!
The national campaign Pool Safely launched yesterday (Monday, May 24). This campaign aims to reduce child drownings and entrapments as well as change the way people think and act about pool and spa safety. This is "first-of-its-kind" national effort not only educates, but informs the public about how many drownings and entrapments incidents occur annually.
Here are the stats provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
2005 - 2007 Pool & Spa-Related Drownings
Children younger than 15: 385
Children younger than 5: 299 (of 385 total)
74% of the fatalities occured at a residence (of children under 15)
2007 - 2009 Pool/Spa Emergency Department-Treated Submersions
Children younger than 15: 4,200
Children ages 12 to 35 months: 47% of 4,200
54% of the estimated injuries occured at a residence
Other Facts from CPSC:
- Most reported fatalities (73%) occured on the day of or within a week of (23%) the submersion incident.
- 4% of fatal victims survived beyond a week of the submersion and had severe injuries and required intensive medical care.
- No reported entrapment fatalities were reported for 2009.
- CPSC received 8 reports of entrapment incidencts in which 7 people were injured during 2009.
Pool Safety Tips:
- Place physical barriers completely around the pool to prevent drownings. Fences and walls should be at least 4-feet high.
- Closely supervise young children! Never take your eyes off them; not even for a second.
- Never use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
- Keep a phone and rescue equipment next to the pool
- LEARN CPR.
- Gates (around the pool) should be self-closing and self-latching and out of reach from children.
- For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured or removed when the pool is not in use.
- And, if a child is missing, always look in the pool FIRST!
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