The CDC reports that every year in the United States, there are an estimated 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings and that is an average of 11 drowning deaths per day. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes for children ages 1-14. Furthermore, children ages 1-4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects. (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/drowning/facts/index.html)
Some of the factors that affect drowning risk include lack of swimming ability, lack of pool barriers to prevent unsupervised access, and lack of close supervision while swimming.
How can you prevent pool drownings at home? Life Saver Pool Fence of the Lowcountry recommends implementing the following 7 layers of protection:
- Install door locks and pool alarms
- Surround your swimming pool with a child pool safety fence
- Early infant swimming lessons
- Supervise children and designate a responsible water watcher
- Always check your pool first when children are missing
- Verify caretakers know CPR
- Educate members of your family and babysitters on pool safety
Life Saver Pool Fence of the Lowcountry can help you evaluate your pool for child safety. Contact Craig today to schedule your FREE pool safety evaluation and pool fence estimate. Call (843) 822-8855 or click here to contact us online.