Fatal Child Drownings Decline

file0001560569694The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released a report that reveals that the number of reported swimming pool drowning fatalities involving children under age five has decreased by 17 percent since 2010.

Although this number has decreased, drowning is still the leading cause of unintentional death for this population, as well as the second leading cause of death for children ages 5-14. It’s very important to teach the children in your life to have a healthy respect for water.

You may want to consider enrolling your children in swimming lessons or simply providing basic instruction as soon as you think they are ready. If you have a pool, make sure that it has a four-sided fence with a latched gate to prevent curious kids from taking a dip unsupervised. If your children are swimming or playing near water, it’s important to make sure that they are well supervised.

Do you know how to perform CPR? If not, you might want to think about taking a course. It’s never a bad idea to invest a little bit of time into learning best practices for safety and first aid!

The CPSC launched a public education campaign called Pool Safely to prevent child drownings in 2010. The Pool Safely website offers a number of great resources for parents and caregivers as well as fun activities about water safety for kids.

Practicing pool safety keeps everyone safe and happy all summer long. Speaking of, don’t forget the sunscreen!

If you or a loved one has been injured while swimming, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.