Just last week, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) revealed that a total number of 90 children, under the age of 15, had drowned in swimming pools since Memorial Day, which fell on the last Monday in May (28th). Media reports also indicated that another 106 children received emergency response for near-drowning incidents. These numbers act as a reminder for how a fun day at the pool can turn into a tragedy.
A further breakdown of the figure also show that 72 per cent of the 90 children who drowned were below the age of five. This means that both toddlers and infants are more vulnerable to drowning. In light of this, an annual event known as Pool Safely Day was launched. It aims to promote water safety among all Americans when they head to the pools. “Making sure their children learn how to swim is one of the most important steps parents can take. Swimming is a fun activity to help keep cool in the summer and it also can be a lifesaver,” said Inez Tenenbaum, the chairman of the CPSC.
The state with the highest number of drownings was Texas. A total of 13 such incidents occurred over that period. California, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania all reported five drownings during that time. On average, 390 drowning cases and 5,200 emergency department-treated submersion injuries occur yearly in the United States for children under the age of 15. “This information tells a heartbreaking story. Behind each one of these incidents are grieving family members and communities. These are preventable tragedies, so we must continue to share the simple safety steps that parents and caregivers should take both before and during time spent in or near the water. That’s what we mean when we say America needs to learn how to pool safely,” stated Inez.
The Pool Safely campaign has provided a couple of steps that parents should observe when bringing their child to the pool. Firstly, parents should remain close and watch out for their children at all times. In other words, you should never leave them unattended. Secondly, the entire family should learn and practice water safety skill. For the full article, do check it out over here.
Happy Fish Swim School offers swimming lessons to infants and toddlers here in Singapore. Our public swimming complexes always have a lifeguard on duty. Furthermore, all of our instructors are certified. Hence, you won’t have to worry about the safety of your child. However, we would still advise all parents to remain in the complex should your child require any assistance from you.