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A copy of Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools produced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can be obtained by writing to:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Pool Barriers
Office of Information & Public Affairs
Washington, D.C., 20207

Or at their Web site: www.cpsc.gov

Some Startling Statistics
According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death for people ages 5 to 44. For children ages 1 to 2, drowning is the leading cause of injury or death.

An extensive study on pool safety by the Consumer Product Safety Commission yielded some startling statistics. The investigation by the Commission was directed at children under age five in Arizona, California, and Florida who had drown in home swimming pools. The results might help you to better understand why drowning is still the number one killer for three states and stands at number two for the nation:

Here are some statistics from that report,
- In California, Arizona and Florida, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in and around the home for children under the age of 5.

- 75% of children involved in swimming pool submersion or drowning accidents were between 1 and 3 years old.

- Boys between 1 and 3 years old are the most likely victims of fatal drowning accidents and near-fatal submersions in residential swimming pools.

- Most of the victims were being supervised by one or both parents when the swimming pool accident occurred.

- Nearly half of the child victims were last seen in the house before the pool accident occurred. In addition, 23 percent of the accident victims were last seen on the porch or patio or in the yard.

- 65 percent of the accidents occur in a pool owned by the victim's immediate family, and 33 percent of the accidents occurred in pools owned by relatives or friends.

- Fewer than 2 percent of the pool accidents were a result of children trespassing on property where they didn't live or belong.

- Pool submersions involving children happen quickly. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a phone call. 77 percent of the swimming pool victims had been missing for five minutes or less when they were found in the pool drowned or submerged.

- Pool drownings are silent deaths. It is unlikely that splashing or screaming will occur to alert a parent or caregiver that a child is in trouble.



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