‘Sometimes, there’s no do-over’: Pool safety campaign aims to reduce child drownings

July 6, 2019,The Washington Post, Erin Blakemore - With summer in full swing, pools beckon children who are eager to jump in, cool off and have fun. Brain injury or death are far from the minds of most families who own or use pools. But they shouldn’t be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children between 1 and 4 years old. For every child who drowns, another five visit the emergency department for a nonfatal injury associated with submersion. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a national public education campaign aimed to reduce child drownings and swimming pool entrapments. Pool Safely was designed to educate parents and children about pool risks - and how to sidestep them without giving up the pursuit of summer fun.

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