Agency Calls for Increased Drowning Prevention Efforts This Summer for Families with Children.
WASHINGTON – The annual drowning and submersion report released today by theU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that fatal child drownings and nonfatal drowning injuries for children under age 15 remain high. CPSC urges families with young children and those in historically excluded communities to make water safety a priority, particularly as they spend more time in and around pools during the summer. Child drownings continue to be the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4 years old.
CPSC’s latest data for the U.S. show the following for children younger than 15 years of age:
Additionally, the report highlighted drowning hazards in children younger than 5 years of age:
Where location was known, 80 percent of reported fatal child drownings occurred in residential settings such as the victim’s home, or that of a family member, friend, or neighbor, with 91 percent of those drownings occurring in those younger than 5 years of age.
The report also highlights stark racial disparities in drowning fatalities. Out of the 63 percent of all drowning fatalities involving children whose race is identified, African American children made up 21 percent of all drownings.
For older children – aged 5 to 14 with race identified – 45 percent of drowning deaths involved African Americans. These data highlight the need to reach historically excluded communities with water safety information and support.
“The fatalities from drowning and non-fatal drowning injuries are still high, so water safety vigilance remains crucially important this summer and all year,” said CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric. “CPSC urges parents and caregivers to follow Pool Safely safety steps. And I especially encourage everyone to use layers of protection. For example, you should install proper barriers, covers, and alarms on or around your pool, as well as designate an adult to always supervise children in the water. CPSC is working to raise awareness with our drowning prevention efforts and to collaborate with diverse communities to get the word out to help reduce pool- and spa-related injuries and fatalities.”
Parents and caregivers can follow Pool Safely’s simple steps to keep children safer in and around the water:
You can read the full CPSC drowning and entrapment reports by visiting PoolSafely.gov