Charlie’s House is honored to continue to partner with the CPSC on important child safety campaigns. “With continual reminders and education, we hope the Kansas City community will learn important keys to POOL SAFELY. These efforts help us accomplish our mission of preventing accidents to children in and around the home,” stated Brett Horn. Charlie’s House, a non-profit organization committed to increasing child safety, was named in memory of Brett’s son, Charlie Horn.
A new report released May 24, 2016 by the CPSC shows that the number of fatal child drownings in swimming pools has decreased 11 percent nationwide since 2010, the year the agency launched its Pool Safely public education campaign. Despite the decrease, fatal and non-fatal child drownings in pools and spas continue to pose a public health and safety challenge across the United States. In recent national media interviews, CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye urged families to be vigilant when children are in and around the water this summer.
“Children drowning continues to be a public health crisis,” said CPSC Chairman Kaye. “My heart breaks when I read death reports about toddlers who slip out the back door and into an unprotected pool or young kids who do not have basic swim skills and end up participating in a pool party. As the father of two young boys, I know how challenging it is to always keep an eye on your kids; but constant supervision, along with four-sided fencing, knowing how to perform CPR and teaching children how to swim are the keys to stopping child drownings. I believe that we can continue to reduce the number of drownings, because drowning is 100 percent preventable.”
CPSC’s latest data show there were 355 reported fatal child drownings in pools and spas in 2013, with 283 involving children younger than 5. This is a decrease from 397 and 302, respectively, in 2010. In addition, CPSC also released on May 24th an updated report on circulation and suction entrapment incidents in swimming pools, spas and whirlpool bathtubs. The latest data from 2011 and 2015 show that there were 18 children under the age of 15 who suffered a circulation entrapment, with the majority of incidents involving children younger than 15 years of age. While there were 18 separate incidents in this age group, there was only one fatality: a 4-year-old child who became entrapped in a residential spa. Since the inception of the Pool Safely campaign in 2010, there have been zero entrapment incidents in a public pool. The complete report can be found at PoolSafely.gov.
Follow Pool Safely’s simple steps to keep children safer in and around the water:
• Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas.
• Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone or be otherwise distracted. (Order or download a free Water Watcher card at www.PoolSafely.gov)
• Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
• Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
• Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
• Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards and if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safe drain covers.
“Memorial Day weekend represents the traditional start of the summer swim season,” said Chairman Kaye. “I ask all parents and kids to join me and the 30,000 others who have taken the Pool Safely Pledge before heading to the pool this year.”