Pools can be especially dangerous for young children. Between 2010 and 2012, there were an average of 390 annual drowning deaths and 5,100 annual pool-related emergency room treatments for children under the age of 15. Additionally, 75% of all reported drowning fatalities were children under 5. The state of Florida leads the nation for drowning fatalities, with a drowning rate of 7.29 per 100,000 children between the ages of 1 and 4. These accidents are, for the most part, preventable.
When we hear about swimming pool accidents in Florida, the first thing that comes to mind may be an unsupervised child who doesn’t know how to swim falling in and drowning. However, there are many different types of swimming pool accidents that can happen to people of any age and ability level
Because of the risks to inexperienced swimmers and the deceptiveness of the Instinctive Drowning Response, it’s important that children always be closely supervised and that adults around pools familiarize themselves with what drowning really looks like. Some other safety precautions that everyone should take around pools include: