CPSC Ramps Up Pool Safety Campaign to Prevent Drowning and Pool Accidents

by Pool Builders on 07-12-2011 in Articles

Nationally, some 200 children drown in public, private, and community pools between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if proper supervision and pool safety provisions were implemented. Agencies such as the American Association of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) focus their attention on pool safety education each summer in an effort to reduce the number of drowning deaths, drain malfunctions, and other pool accidents.

Between Memorial Day and the end of June, there were already 123 pool and spa accidents, according to the CPSC 2011 Summer Swimming Season Snapshot. There have been 48 drownings and 75 near drownings already, and Labor Day is still two months away. July is statistically the deadliest month for pool accidents. After releasing its 2011 Summer Snapshot, the CPSC has strengthened its annual pool safety campaign, Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives. Among the resources provided by the CPSC is a list of pool safety measures that can prevent pool accidents and premises liability cases. Close supervision is the number one safety tip, but other pool safety guidelines should also be in place. The CPSC recommends being trained in CPR, teaching young children to swim, keeping children away from drains and pipes, and keeping a portable phone and flotation device nearby. Other safety precautions to prevent pool accidents include:

· Install a fence with self-closing and self-latching gates around your pool; fences should be 4-feet high or taller

· Lock pool gates and be sure children can't undo the latch to enter the pool unsupervised

· Use a lockable safety cover on a spa

· Install door alarms and window guards or window alarms on any of your home's doors or windows that lead to the pool

· Install gate alarms and pool alarms to let you know if children go near the water; also consider a surface wave alarm or underwater alarm

· Be sure you have compliant drain covers on your pool and spa, and check them regularly for proper maintenance

The CPSC further recommends that if a child is missing, check the pool or spa first. If your child will be swimming at someone else's home, be sure that these pool safety measures are in place before allowing your child to visit.

Personal injuries from pool accidents are serious, with traumatic brain injury from falls or dives, brain damage from near-drowning and oxygen deprivation, and disembowelment from malfunctioning drain equipment. Often, pool accidents result in the wrongful death of a child or adult. While no safety measure is as good as arm's-reach supervision, the inherent dangers of a pool or spa necessitate the implementation of as many safety precautions as possible.

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