Can You Drown in the Swimming Pool? Yes. Did you know that approximately 350 children under age 5 drown in pools each year nationwide? Believe it or not, children, especially young children, can drown in less than two inches of water. And while drowning is the most significant injury associated with pools, it’s not the only one.
Main Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
- Drain-related injuries
How Do I Keep My Pool Safe?If you have a pool at your home, there are even more precautions you need to take. You are responsible for what occurs in and around the pool. Ensure your pool is surrounded by a gated fence that’s at least 4 feet tall, not climbable and has vertical slats no more than 4 inches apart. The gate latch should be inaccessible to children. Your pool drains should always be covered, and you need to promote safe swimming.
- Never swim alone.
- Children should always be supervised by an adult while in the water.
- A strong swimmer should be within arm’s distance of children younger than 12 and weak swimmers.
- If you are fatigued, stay out of the water.