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Child drownings remain a major public health issue; in fact, it is the leading cause of unintentional death to children ages 1-4. And, at least 203 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools and spas in the United States since Memorial Day, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. This increased compared to the same time period last summer, when at least 174 children younger than 15 fatally drowned.

Small children are at the highest (…)

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[post_thumbnail]African-American children and young adults die from drowning 6 times more often than their white peers. Swim lessons are the simple step that can save these children’s lives.

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While the summer swimming season is behind us, many communities across the country still have their doors open to those looking to cool off in water parks and hotel, motel and public pools. Now is not the time to let our guard down.

Our Pool Safely education campaign is off to a strong start. Many of you have seen our nationally broadcast public service announcements and our kids education program. If not, I encourage you to watch them and share them with your friends and family.

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The summer’s only half over and too many children are continuing to die in pools and spas. Since Memorial Day, CPSC has seen news reports of more than 210 child drownings and near drownings in pools and spas around the country. Nearly 90 children under the age of 15 have died. While many of the victims in the more than 120 near drownings were successfully rescued, other victims were left in serious condition.

These deaths and injuries are preventable. Each of us can and must take these simple (…)

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