Children Under Five Years of Age Have Highest Risk for Child Drowning Fatalities; Residential Pools Dominate Incidents Involving Small Children

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With one month of summer remaining, and the Labor Day weekend approaching, Floaties Swim School reports that children between the ages of one and four have the highest risk of accidental drowning, according to recent statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

With one month of summer remaining, and the Labor Day weekend approaching, Floaties Swim School reports that children between the ages of one and four have the highest risk of accidental drowning, according to recent statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Consumer Products Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign also encourages all parents and caregivers of children to help them learn to swim and to take water safety seriously. Home and backyard swimming pools are associated with a significant percentage of accidental drowning for younger children.

Statistics recently released by CPSC include:

  •     Residential locations dominated incidents involving victims younger than five years of age (54 percent for injuries and 85 percent for fatalities).
  •     Approximately 58 percent of fatalities occurred in in-ground pools. Portable pools accounted for 10 percent of the reported fatalities to children younger than 15 years of age.
  •     Children between the ages of one and three represented 66 percent of estimated injuries for 2009 through 2011 and 67 percent of the reported fatalities for 2007 through 2009 involving children younger than 15 years.

Floaties Swim School promotes water-safety for all children, beginning as early as three months old. “Living in Southern California, either you have a pool, your neighbor has a pool, you have access to the community pool, or you can be at the ocean within minutes,” said Floaties co-founder, Mike Morrill. “We firmly believe that every child should learn how to swim early in life.”

Floaties Swim School offers Infant Aquatics for infants three months and up, with parental participation. Core classes are for children 12 months and older, and focus on developing confidence in and around the water. Pre-Strokes classes and Strokes Classes help children begin and develop techniques for learning the four major swim strokes.

Floaties Swim School is located in Poway and in Chula Vista’s Eastlake Design Center. For information or to register, contact: 1-877-277-SWIM (7946) or info(at)floatiesswimschool(dot)com. For additional information, contact Karyn Morrill at kmorrill(at)floatiesswimschool(dot)com or Rachel Hungness at rachel(at)floatiesswimschool(dot)com. Media inquiries may be directed to Leah Swearingen at (619) 279-7552; leah(at)swearingencom(dot)com, or @leahswearingen.

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