CPSC: Summer pool drownings a public health problem

By WEEK Producer

CPSC: Summer pool drownings a public health problem

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite the warnings from the media and other safety campaign initiatives, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says over 130 children younger than 15 drowned in a pool or spa this summer.

According to a release, an additional 168 children needed emergency response for near-fatal incidents in pools or spas from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend.

"These figures are a strong indication that child drownings are a serious public health problem," CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said. "We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young lives and leaving families devastated...We must continue our efforts to remind everyone to pool safely whenever they are near the water."

The report from the CPSC says the state with the highest number of pool-related drownings was Texas, followed by California and Ohio.  Illinois ranked as the eighth state with the highest number of incidents.

For more information, visit www.poolsalfely.gov or www.cpsc.gov.

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