July 23rd, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Scary Reports

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publishes annual reports on submersion incidents. Some of the findings found in the 2012 report are as follows:

  • Nearly 300 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools and spas yearly. This represents 75% of the 390 fatalities reported for children under the age of 5.
  • 67% of reported fatalities and 66% of reported injuries for children of the ages 1-3 were from pools and spas.
  • Over 4,100 children younger than 5 years old suffer submersion injuries that require emergency room treatment. About half of them are seriously injured and admitted to the hospital for further treatment.
  • A majority of drownings and submersion injuries involving victims younger than 5 happen in pools owned by the family, friends, and relatives.
  • The majority of estimated emergency department-treated submersion injuries and fatalities were associated with pools.
  • 10% of the total fatalities for children under the age of 15 were the result of portable pools.

For more information and annual reports, visit www.cpsc.gov.