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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.
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The father of two toddlers pulled them from the family Westside swimming pool Saturday morning, according to a story. Unfortunately it was too late for little two-year-old and her 18-month-old sister.

The family had just moved into the rented home the night before, so the pool area had not yet been secured at the house on Niska Trail near Collins Road. Apparently the two little girls woke up around 8:30 and got out of bed. That’s when officers believe the older girl opened the door to the backyard and went to the pool with her little sister following. The father found the girls at the bottom of the pool about a half hour later. One girl went to Baptist Medical Center and the other to Orange Park Regional Medical Center but neither could be revived.
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There are an estimated 300,000 public pools in hotels, schools, camps and parks and thousands of public pools may be in violation of a new federal safety rule, says a national consumer group, putting many children at risk for personal injury in Florida and across the county.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) estimates about half of the pools your child is using this summer may have failed to install the new required anti-entrapment devices. Named for Virginia Graeme Baker, who in 2002 died when suction from a hot tub drain kept her pulled to the bottom and she drowned. The NSPF estimates about half of the public pools that are supposed to be retrofitted with the new dome style drains have not been updated.
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A young Jacksonville mother and her child were found drowned this week and there are many unanswered questions.

The 18-year-old mother and her 18-month-old daughter were found just after noon in a subdivision community pool in Arlington, according to an article. The pool area is usually locked. The woman was said to be an accomplished swimmer. An unidentified 18-year-old man was found at the scene and hospitalized. He had reportedly ingested a great deal of chlorinated pool water and appeared in shock and was naked. Investigators will be anxious to talk to him to determine if there was any foul play in this Jacksonville wrongful death accident.
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Expect to see many pools and spas close down suddenly across the country. That’s because December 19th is the deadline that mandatory anti-drowning drain covers have to be installed. The improved safety system was passed by Congress last year and pool and spa owners had one year to comply.

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is aimed at keeping kids safer.

She was the 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker who was drowned at the bottom of a spa in 2002, held down by the suction of the drain despite the fact that adults were trying to free her.
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