We’re finally out of the summer season, but drowning risks for children continue well into the fall in the Carolinas. In fact, safety advocates say putting your guard down as summer wanes can actually increase the risk — particularly if you have young children.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), there were more than 135 children under the age of 15 who were killed in drowning accidents during the summer season in the United States. All of these fatalities happened between Memorial Day holiday and Labor Day. This doesn’t count the number of near-drowning accidents. Near-drowning cases often result in very grave injuries, including traumatic brain injury.
“We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young lives and leaving families devastated,” said Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC Chairman.
Our Asheville personal injury attorneys understand the risks children face, whether around a small inflatable backyard pool, or playing in the Atlantic Ocean. They happen when parents are around and they happen when children are left unsupervised. As a matter of fact, about 55 happened right after the child left an adult who was in the immediate vicinity. Another 31 happened when there were adults present at the pool.
The CPSC won’t have final statistics until later this year. These were only the accidents that were reported by the media through the summer months.
North Carolina is one of the states that typically records the highest number of drowning accidents. The unfortunate part about most of these accidents is that they could have been prevented. Parents need to keep a closer eye on children when they’re playing near a pool and they need to better protect their pools to make sure they cannot be accessed by our young ones when we’re not around!
When breaking down these numbers, we can see that about 100 of the more than 135 kids who drowned during this time were under the age of 5. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4.
According to the CPSC, from 2007 to 2009 there were an annual average of more than 240 young children killed in drowning accidents during the summer season. Drownings during this time account for more than 60 percent of the drownings that happen all year.
To help to reduce the risks of these kinds of accidents, officials with the CPSC are launching their Pool Safety Campaign. The campaign is reminding parents of simple safety steps that should be taken to protect kids around pools. Officials are asking parents, guardians and other adults to remain near kids in the water, always stay alert, watch children when they’re in and even around pools and to protect their pool from child access when they’re not around!
If you’ve been in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Swimming Pool Accidents in Greenville and Elsewhere Likely during Summer, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 7, 2012
Pool drain cover recall leaves Greensboro swimmers at high risk of entrapment or drowning in pool accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 5, 2011