There may be fewer people dying on our nation’s highways in auto accidents but federal statistics do not show an improving picture in the number of child drownings this summer. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Home Safety Council (HSC) are releasing the statistics from the 2010 summer swimming season.
Next to California, Florida had the second highest number of child drowning in swimming pools this summer at 14. There were also 19 injuries.
California topped the nation with 27 drownings and 15 injuries.
In an average year, there are more than 200 children under the age of 1 who drown in spas or pools between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This year there were 172 drownings in that time period. In addition, there were more than 180 non-fatal incidents in pools and spas. The CPSC and HSC rely on media reports to base their findings.