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New app aims to provide second line of defense against child drowning deaths

New technology, designed as a wearable monitor and a smartphone app, is aimed at helping to prevent child drowning deaths. The brand new technology designed for swimming safety is known as iSwimbands. This system includes a headband for the swimmer and a wristband for the non-swimmer, alerting the non-swimmer’s smartphone through an app immediately if the swimmer is underwater for more than 20 seconds. iSwimband is advertised as “a personal and portable aquatic safety system,” but it does not aim to replace vigilant supervision. iSwimband’s goal is to provide a second level of protection because drowning can be difficult to detect. ... 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

Boy and his grandmother drowned in Montgomery apartment pool

MONTGOMERY, ALA – A woman and her grandson died last week from drowning injuries they received in a Montgomery apartment complex swimming pool Tuesday morning. The Montgomery police said Rosie Lee Arrington, 39, and her grandson were found unresponsive in the pool of the Courtyard CitiFlats apartment on S. McDonough near downtown Montgomery. Ms. Arrington was taken to Jackson hospital, where she was pronounced dead just before noon on Tuesday. The boy, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham with life-threatening injuries but died from his injuries on Wednesday. Authorities investigating the deaths ... Read More

Inflatable pool slides recalled after incidents involving death, severe neck injuries

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys R Us Inc. have announced the recall of about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The CPSC is aware of one death in connection to this product. ... Read More

Montgomery drowning lawsuit underscores swimming pool safety concerns

MONTGOMERY, ALA—Beasley Allen has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the parents of two young boys who drowned Monday in their apartment complex swimming pool. The brothers, Victor Garcia, 7, and Cristubal Basurto Garcia, 5, were found in the pool around 6:45 Monday evening and were taken to Baptist South Hospital where they were pronounced dead. The Montgomery Police Department has said it believes the drownings to be accidental. The incident occurred at Cyprus Court Apartments, where the boys’ parents, Erika Basurto and Maurillio Garcia, reside. “Obviously, this is a very difficult time for the family, a heartbreaking ... Read More

As temperatures rise, so do pool safety concerns

Swimming pools and spas are ideal for both soaking up the sun and cooling down on hot summer days, and with summer just around the corner, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is urging parents and chaperones of young children to keep safety in the front of their minds when heading to the local pool. The reminder is more important now than ever before because this year has already been a deadly one for children in swimming pools, and the summer season hasn’t even started in most of the country. The CPSC says that there have been 75 drownings and ... Read More

CPSC issues another child drowning advisory

In June, as swimming pools opened for the summer across the country, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a safety advisory to the public in an effort to raise awareness about child drowning and the ways to prevent swimming related deaths and injuries. Now, as pools close for the fall and winter, a new CPSC advisory seeks to keep children safe in bathtubs and child bathing equipment. “After pools, more children drown in bathtubs than in any other product in and around the home,” the advisory says. From 2003 to 2005, the CPSC received an average of 90 reports each ... Read More