Fewer Children Drowning in the US
MORE PARENTAL CONTROL FEW CHILDREN DROWNING
Fewer young children are drowning in swimming pools, but, public health officials continue to urge parents to remain vigilant.
The consumer product safety commission says since 2010 there has been a 17-percent decrease in the number of drownings among kids under age 5.
Experts say parents and caregivers are getting the message-watching kids very closely , teaching them how to swim and keeping home pools gated and locked.
Still the majority of drownings involve children under age 5 and most often boys.
And, 86 percent of drownings between 2014 and 2016 happened at home.
CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said, “Make sure that there’s a fence, a 4-sided fence around a pool area with a self-locking gate. Make sure you as an adult learn CPR. Make sure your child learns how to swim at an early as an age as possible.”
According to Buerkle, a child is very unlikely to be able to shout for help if he or she is in trouble in the water.
That’s why the CPSC recommends having a designated “Water Watcher” when kids are playing inthe pool.
That one person would watch kids closely, rather then be distracted by other adults, kids or technology.