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Hotel Pools and Hot Tubs Cause A Third of Swimming-Related Illness

Swimming pools are a major source of injury and death for children in the U.S., but they are also responsible for many outbreaks of waterborne disease, government health officials warn. One-third of all recreational waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 through 2014 occurred in hotel pools and hot tubs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in a new report. The pathogens Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”), Pseudomonas, and Legionella were responsible for the largest number of outbreaks in swimming pools throughout the U.S. during the 14-year time period analyzed, according to the CDC report. The Crypto parasite is tough enough to ... Read More

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

For young children, drowning hazards abound around the home

“Too many young children are drowning,” Inez Tenenbaum, Chairwoman of the U.S Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), warned in a recent announcement about drowning risks around the home. Surprisingly, Ms. Tenenbaum wasn’t speaking of the dangers posed by swimming pools and hot tubs, but by other less obvious and potentially deadly products around the home – essentially, anywhere an accumulation of water is present. “Just as with pools, I urge parents and caregivers to childproof their home and constantly supervise young children around bathtubs, bath seats and buckets,” Ms. Tenenbaum said. “Taking extra safety steps at home can help prevent ... 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