There’s nothing more heartbreaking than the death of a child, especially when the death is preventable.
In Florida this year, there have been 49 drownings of children younger than 15 in pools and spas so far.
Sadly, drowning is the leading cause of injury and death involving children between 1 and 4 in the United States. Swimming can and should be a fun, lifelong activity if layers of protection are put into place and parents and kids follow proper safety steps.
Parents should always supervise their children in or near the water. Parents should also know CPR and basic water-safety skills. I urge parents and kids to visit PoolSafely.gov and take our pledge to be safer — not just during the summer, but all year round.
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Elliot F. Kaye, chairman
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C.