There has been at least 210 child drowning and non-fatal submersion incidents in pools and spas around the country since the Memorial Day Weekend. In an effort to reduce these preventable incidents, CPSC and partners Safe Kids USA and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) have joined forces to introduce a new kids safety education program.
Drowning is the second-leading cause of death to children ages 1-4 in the United States. CPSC chairman, Inez Tenenbaum said it is time to change poolside behavior.
“Just one incident is one too many. These statistics are a wake up call and a reminder that these tragic incidents are preventable.”
The program is led by educational videos introduced by actress Ming-Na, the voice of Mulan in Disney animated films and star of the NBC drama ER. The video series is available to view at www.youtube.com/poolsafely and on the websites of Safe Kids
(www.safekids.org) and the NDPA (www.ndpa.org).
Poolsafely.gov recommends the following safety steps in and around the water:
Behavioral: staying close, being alert, and watching children in and around the pool
Knowledge-based: learning and practicing water safety skills
Equipment: having the appropriate equipment