Arizona falls short in new study on drownings and pool safety

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona ranks fourth in the country in unintentional drownings among children younger than 15, a majority younger than 5. A new study was just released today by the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Click on this link to read the complete new study.

"Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children younger than five," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "The Pool Safely campaign works to prevent drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas by reminding everyone of the simple water safety steps they can take: watch all children around water, make sure they learn to swim, and take water safety seriously."

The CPSC saying that supervision is key around pools here in Southern Arizona. Nearly half of the injuries and nearly 75% of fatalities happen at homes across the country. Poor pool safety practices, they say, result in many of the drowning deaths here in Arizona.

The CPSC is joining in the fight against drowning by launching a new campaign and website called

They have a lot of useful information and studies that might help you before you head out to the pool.

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