Release date: September 24, 2019
Release number: 19-208

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WASHINGTON – From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2019,* at least 150 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a CPSC Pool Safely campaign collaborator. The number of fatal drownings is up by approximately two drownings from 2018.

“I am saddened by the increase in fatal child drownings this summer, as compared to last year,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four. Parents and caregivers must remain vigilant around pools and spas, even after they close for the season.”

Texas and Ohio led the nation this summer with fatal child drownings totaling 26 and 11, respectively. These results mark a record high for fatal drownings in Ohio, and an increase in fatal child drownings in Texas jumping from 21 in 2018 to 26 in 2019. In contrast, Florida’s child drowning fatalities significantly decreased from 21 in 2018 to 10 in 2019.  

The states listed below experienced the highest number of pool and spa drownings involving children younger than 15, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2019*:

  • Texas: 26
  • Ohio: 11
  • Florida: 10
  • California: 10
  • Pennsylvania: 8
  • Arizona: 7
  • Georgia: 7

Pool Safely, a national public education campaign run by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), was launched in 2010, to raise awareness about pool and spa safety, as mandated by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The campaign provides information on the simple steps that parents, caregivers, and pool owners should take to ensure that children and adults stay safer in and around pools and spas to reduce fatal and nonfatal drownings. All parents and caregivers are reminded to follow Pool Safely’s simple steps to keep children safer in and around the water:

 

To learn more about Pool Safely, or to take the Pool Safely Pledge, please visit: www.poolsafely.gov

*Dates are defined as Saturday, May 25, 2019 through Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.

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