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Most childhood drownings occur in swimming pools. When visiting public or private pools, make sure that your children are supervised closely and that they are familiar with pool safety rules.
If you have a pool at your home, use these tips to help prevent drowning tragedies:footnote 1
Hot tubs and spas often are an overlooked drowning danger for children. Drowning can result from unintentional falls into the water, from hair that becomes tangled in drains or jets, or from body parts becoming trapped.
Consider keeping hot tubs and spas off-limits to young children. Talk to your doctor before allowing children younger than age 5 to use them.
If you allow children in a hot tub or spa, prevent a drowning incident by taking proper precautions and talking to your children about potential hazards. The following recommendations can help protect your children from an accident or drowning related to hot tubs and spas:footnote 2
If you have a pool or hot tub where you live, find out if the drains and other parts meet current safety standards. Check with the place where you bought the pool or hot tub, or ask a pool operator.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (accessed August 2012). Backyard pool: Always supervise children, Safety Commission warns. CPSC Document No. 5097. Available online: http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5097.html.
Safe Kids USA (accessed August 2012). Pool and hot tub tips. Available online: http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/drowning/pool-and-hot-tub-safety-tips.html.
Other Works Consulted
American Academy of Pediatrics (accessed August 2012). Pool safety for children. The Injury Prevention Program (TIPP). Available online: http://www.aap.org/family/tipppool.htm.
Current as ofMarch 27, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
March 27, 2018
Medical Review:John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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