200 child drownings in the USA

Thursday, 19 September, 2013

At least 202 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in a swimming pool or spa in the United States in the past year, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Of those, 143 were children younger than age 5.

The latest media-reported figures are consistent with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) annual Submersion Report and show that young children and toddlers are especially vulnerable to drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children 1 to 4 years of age and it is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old.

CPSC’s national pool safely campaign reinforces important safety steps: fence all pools, stay close to children in the water, be alert and teach children how to swim.

For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov.

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