Our Michigan child drowning attorneys are reporting child drowning statistics found by safekids.org. According to safekids.org:
- In 2008, 745 children (ages 14 and younger) died from unintentional drowning
- Since 2001, an average of more than 3,700 children sustained nonfatal near downing-related injuries each year.
- More than 5,000 children suffered nonfatal near drowning-related injuries in 2009.
- Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.
- Swimming pools are the most common site for drowning to occur among children ages 1-4.
- About 72% of pool submersion deaths and 55% of pool submersion injuries occur at home.
Child Drowning Prevention Tips
If you are a pool owner it is highly recommended and in many states mandatory to have a four-sided isolation fence around home pools. Also, door alarms, pool alarms, and automatic pool covers add an extra layer or protection for child safety. In addition, the use of specially-made drain covers, safety vacuum-release systems, multiple filter pumps and other pressure-venting pool filter mechanisms can reduce the risk of entrapment.
National Laws and Regulations For Water and Pool Safety
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed guidelines, including education and labeling, to address the hazard of infants drowning in five-gallon buckets.
- Ten states and many communities have safety laws requiring some type of fencing around residential swimming pools.
- Congress passed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act in 2007, which requires that all public pools and spas use anti-entrapment devices, such as drain covers, unblocked drains and safety vacuum release systems.
- The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all children under age 13 wear a personal flotation device while on a recreational vessel. Forty-eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have some form of legislation that requires children to wear PFDs.
- Recreational boats must carry one properly-sized, U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (accessible and in good condition) for each person on board.
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