Pool Safely Day 2012

Texas has the highest number of child drownings since May 2012

Monday, Jul 23, 2012  |  Updated 5:48 AM CDT
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Pool Safely Day 2012

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is calling on parents, caregivers in Texas to follow safety steps to support Pool Safely Day 2012.

The USCPSC reports 90 children younger than 15 have drowned in swimming pools since Memorial Day, with an additional 106 children that required emergency response for near-drowning incidents.

Texas has the highest number of drownings, 13, in this time period followed by California, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania each reporting five drownings.

"Behind each one of these incidents are grieving family members and communities," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "These are preventable tragedies, so we must continue to share the simple safety steps that parents and caregivers should take both before and during time spent in or near the water. That's what we mean when we say America needs to learn how to pool safely."

To bring light to the dangers and precautions necessary when enjoying the pool, the USCPSC campaign encourages water parks, municipal swimming pools and other indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities to celebrate Pool Safely Day during the week of July 22-29.

The annual event promotes water safety at the pool and encourages aquatic activity education for children and adults.

More than 70 facilities in 30 states have registered events with the USCPSC during that week to provide free swimming lessons, CPR training and educational materials to be safe at the pool.

For a complete list of all activities in your area, visit PoolSafely.gov.

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