Pool safety is something we often do not think about being adults, but when it comes to children it is extremely important. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched an annual campaign called “Pool Safely” after recent studies showed that nearly 400 drownings occur each year in children 15 years of age or younger.
According to CPSC statistics, there have been 4,900 pool- or spa-related emergency department-treated submersion injuries for children younger than 15, with 78 percent (4,000) of the injured being younger than 5. CPSC Chairman Robert Adler is begging for parents to sign their children up for swim lessons, put fences around their pools, and always keep an eye on them in the water.
“I urge all parents and caregivers to teach children to swim or sign them up for swim classes, put a fence around all pools, and always watch children in and around the water,” Adler said.
The CPSC has come up with a “Pool Safely Pledge.” Parents and caregivers have the responsibility to make sure children are safe when swimming. This pledge includes promises to designate a watcher for the children in the pool, ensure that the kids know how to swim, to learn CPR, and make sure pools and spas have proper fencing and drain covers.
The CPSC also has a children’s pledge, which states that the child will never swim alone, will ask their parents for swimming lessons, and stay away from the drains.
Also to promote water safety, each year June 20 is designated for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. This is a swimming lesson that goes on worldwide simultaneously. This year more than 40,000 people signed up. It is an effort to reduce the amount pool-related injuries and deaths by teaching our youth how to swim properly.