Category: Swimming Accidents
Nothing may be more refreshing than jumping into a pool for Floridians. However, pools are a big responsibility for homeowners and can be deadly for a child.
Childhood drownings are tragic. The Red Cross reports that over two hundred young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. "Near" drownings may be just as tragic.
For the native and tourist alike, time spent at the beach can be some of the most fun and relaxing time we enjoy all year. But beaches have many dangers that are not always readily apparent, and which could spoil a vacation and lead to serious injury.
According to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), approximately 300 children under the age of 5 die every year as a result of drowning, and more than 2,000 are sent to the hospital. About 65% of these accidents occurred in pools owned by the child's own family.
"Children younger than age 5 represent more than 75% of all pool and spa submersion deaths and 78% of pool and spa submersion injuries in the United States involve children younger than 15."