Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 14, 2005
As part of Baby Safety Month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents and caregivers about in-home drowning hazards. Among unintentional injuries, drowning has been the second leading cause of death to children under age 5, after motor vehicle incidents. In 2002, an estimated 1,600 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries. Many of these deaths and injuries occur in residential pools.
ÂThat so many young children drown each year is devastating,Â said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. ÂEach of these deaths is not only the pointless end of a promising life, but an overwhelming grief for the family that goes on for years and years. As a father, I cannot imagine having to endure the pain of such a loss.Â
An average of about 240 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools nationwide each year. The CPSC recommends 4Â high barriers between the home and the pool to prevent toddlersÂ access. Life Saver Systems, Inc., a national pool safety fence manufacturer, has enlisted pool safety experts throughout the area and is donating free pool safety evaluations to any family with at least one child under 5 and a residential swimming pool. ÂMany times, parents are not completely aware of all the available options for keeping the pool safe,Â said Eric Lupton, Vice President of Life Saver. ÂWith personalized education, parents can make informed decisions about their childÂs safety.Â
The free pool safety evaluations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout September and October. To inquire about having a pool safety expert come to your home for an evaluation, please call 1-800-282-3836.