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Slightly Down: 2010 Children Pool Deaths Are Still Too High

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The national “The 2010 Pool Safely Summer Snapshot on Pool Safety in the United States” indicates that at least 172 children younger than 15 have drowned since Memorial Day weekend. This is slightly down from the 200 average. During the same time more than 180 non-fatal incidents involving children in pools and spas also took place.

The report reminds us that with school starting we still need to keep safety in mind. The also point out that pools that are left unattended can be very dangerous.

Early this season, the Consumer Product Safety Commission sent out a Swimming Pool Safety Alert. The report also included the following suggestions:

- Always check the pool first if a child is missing, reaction time is vital.

-Learn CPR

- Never use a pool or spa with a missing or broken drain cover.

- Don’t run when you are around the pool.

- Take the time to teach children to swim. My own boys have been taking lessons for years. It helps to have the peace of mind that they know many of the safety rules.

For those interested in more information they should visit PoolSafety.gov.