Every year more than 350 children ages 1-5 die in drowning accidents. Most occur in home swimming pools. In Phoenix, we are no strangers to these statistics, as many houses have pools. Unfortunately, many do not have fences with proper locks.
Main Drowning Risks
- Lack of Swimming Ability – Many children and adults have never learned how to swim.
- Missing Security Barriers – Pool fences with locks and motion sensor water alarms.
- Supervision – Drowning can happen quickly and quietly, so close supervision is vital.
- Alcohol Use – 70% of drowning deaths involved alcohol.
Keep Your Kids Safe Around Pools
- Participate in formal swimming lessons, which reduces the risk of drowning. Many areas offer free swimming lessons.
- A fully isolated pool fence with a lock reduces the drowning risk for children by 83%. The fence should be at least 4 feet high and have a self-closing latch higher than the child’s reach.
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool, even if it is less than a minute.