At the press conference to kick-off their summer campaign “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives”, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced new statistics relating to drowning and near-drowning accidents. In the first five months of 2011 there have already been 55 drowning and 63 near-drowning incidents throughout 29 U.S. states and territories. What is even more shocking is that in each year from 2006-2008, an estimated average of 383 pool and spa-related drownings among children younger than fifteen took place with 76 percent being children under five years of age. Also alarming are statistics from 2008-2010 which show that in each of those years an average of 5,100 pool or spa submersion injuries for children younger than 15 were treated in emergency rooms. Of those cases, 79 percent were children under the age of five.
At the press conference, CPSC Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum and U.S. Olympic swimmer Janet Evans spoke, reminding the public of the importance of pool safety. Chairman Tenenbaum stated that “the number of drownings and near-drownings involving children under five [is] still a serious public health issue”. Janet Evans gave advice from a mother’s perspective saying, “As a parent, I know how important it is that I take every precaution to ensure the safety of my children in and around the water—whether it’s providing swimming lessons, installing a pool alarm, or just keeping a close eye on them while they’re in the water—all these steps will help prevent an incident.”
Pool or spa-related injury accidents and drownings are devastating. Pool owners or other responsible parties, such as product manufacturers, may be held liable if you or a loved one has been involved in such an accident. Get in touch with the Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers at the Maples Law Firm by calling 1-888-226-6159 for a free consultation.