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Bode Miller, Morgan Beck Miller Raising Drowning Awareness After Daughter’s Death

Olympic skiing champion Bode Miller and his wife are urging parents of young children to take every precaution around swimming pools after their 19-month-old daughter tragically died of drowning-related injuries in June. “I can attest from firsthand experience now that it’s unbelievable quick and unbelievable sneaky,” Mr. Miller told NBC’s Today. “You’d think it’d be like some weird circumstance or some strange thing, and it’s not. It just happens in the blink of an eye.” The drowning occurred June 9 when Bode Miller’s wife, Olympic volleyball player Morgan Beck Miller, was at a neighbor’s house. According to E!, Orange County ... Read More

Michael Phelps Teams With CPSC to prevent Child Drowning

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has teamed up with the federal Pool Safely campaign to promote awareness of child drownings in the United States and to improve swimming pool and spa safety. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the new partnership with Mr. Phelps in May as part of its Pool Safely campaign, which aims to prevent fatal and non-fatal child drownings in swimming pools through awareness, safety training, and swimming instruction. The partnership joins the efforts of the CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign with the Michael Phelps Foundation’s im program, named after Michael Phelps’ signature competitive swimming event, ... Read More

Parents Warn of Electric Shock Drowning After Two More Alabama Lake Deaths

The parents of a teen who died last spring after being electrocuted in the water at her family’s Alabama lake home are warning others about the electric shock drowning after two more Alabama women lost their lives the same way on Friday, April 14. The two women, Shelly Darling, 34, and Elizabeth Whipple, 41, disappeared while sunbathing at Lake Tuscaloosa. Their bodies were found in the lake early the next day. Preliminary autopsies found both women likely died from electric shock, the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit told AL.com. Now the parents of 15-year-old Carmen Johnson, who died from an electric shock ... Read More

National Water Safety Month – learn the importance of teaching children how to swim

Warm weather is here and it won’t be much longer before we’re back in the heat of summer. That’s why May is National Water Safety Month – an entire month dedicated to informing the public about how to enjoy all forms of aquatic activities, from home pools and spas, to water parks and water recreation facilities, safely. Coordinated by the Association of Pool & Space Professionals, National Water Safety Month empathizes the importance of being aware of how quickly a drowning incident can occur. Each year, approximately 3,500 people die from drowning; 25 percent of these incidents involve children younger than the ... Read More

Pool Safely Grant Program awards more than $780K in educational funding

Pool safety has been a huge topic of concern for organizations like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), one of whose top priorities is to protect the lives of young Americans. That’s why the CPSC, along with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), has awarded five local governments with more than $780,000 as part of a “Pool Safely” Grant Program (PSGP). The funding will be used to help educate, train and enforce pool safety requirements across the nation and save countless lives from drowning. The following jurisdictions were awarded PSGP funding for fiscal year 2016: Jurisdictions Award Amount City ... Read More

Instinctive Drowning Response: Drowning isn’t what you think

Summers in the U.S. are filled to the brim with outdoor activities involving water. Whether in pools, lakes, oceans, or rivers, enjoying a refreshing dip with your loved ones is an American pastime in and of itself. But according to the Coast Guard’s “On Scene Magazine,” drowning is the second-most common cause of death in children younger than 15, and drowning doesn’t always look like what most people expect drowning to look like. A real drowning scenario has very little splashing, and yelling can’t take place because of the nature of something known as the “Instinctive Drowning Response.” Instinctive Drowning Response, classified by Dr. ... Read More

Pool Safely campaign: Parents advised to keep close watch on children around the water

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 ... Read More

“Drowning is silent” – investigators demonstrate what real-life drowning incidents look like

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year approximately 400 children younger than the age of 15 drown in pools and spas in the United States. Children younger than age 5 represent more than 75 percent of these occurrences. One might ask how something like this could happen; however, research reveals drowning is nothing like you may think. There is rarely splashing or screaming. Drowning is silent. Investigative reporters from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.-based television station Fox9 developed the tagline “Drowning is Silent” as part of a public awareness campaign based on what their reporting uncovered. Reporters at the station ... Read More

Children drowning deaths peak during July 4 week, CPSC warns

All children should learn how to swim. That was one of the messages conveyed by a public advisory the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued before the Fourth of July holiday week, when the number of summer drowning injuries and deaths peaks. According to CPSC officials, 26 children on average lose their life in pool and spa-related accidents each year in the United States during the week of July 4, when thousands of gatherings take place around private and public swimming pools. The CPSC relied on data compiled by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of ... Read More

Drowning is subtle and unrecognizable to most, unlike movie depictions

“Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people that most people expect,” says former Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone in a story published by Slate. “There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” In fact, Mr. Vittone’s report explains, children sometimes drown right before their parents’ eyes simply because drowning in real life doesn’t resemble the frantic, flailing act people have come to expect from watching dramatized versions on television and in movies. Drowning is actually very undramatic, “deceptively quiet,” and subtle, and it’s usually only ... Read More