As children across America go back to school, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Home Safety Council (HSC), a Pool Safety campaign partner, released a report on drowning incidents for the 2010 summer swimming season. On average, more than 200 children younger than 15 drown in pools or spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It appears from media reports that this year has been no different.
The report, “The 2010 Pool Safely Summer Snapshot on Pool Safety in the United States,” indicates that at least 172 children younger than 15 have drowned since Memorial Day weekend. In addition, there have been more than 180 non-fatal incidents involving children in pools and spas, according to media accounts. With such a high number of child drownings and non-fatal incidents, CPSC and HSC called for added vigilance at pools and spas during the Labor Day weekend. That call extends past that popular family holiday.
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