Every year or so the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission compiles a report that evaluates and summarizes the amount of injuries and fatalities related to pools and spas. The most recent report for 2014 involved a look at numbers between 2011 and 2013. It also included comparison counts for the previous time period of 2009 to 2011. The following is a brief summary with key points regarding pools and the number of accidents and fatalities related to them as shared by Flower Mound pool service company, Pool Troopers.
The Basic Numbers
Between 2011 and 2013, there was an average of 4,900 emergency department treated patients whose injuries were the result of spa or pool submersion each of the years during this study. Of those, the majority (97%) was always related to pools versus spas. Among those treated in the emergency department, 78% of them were children below the age of 5 years. In terms of fatalities, the average per year was 390, with the majority once more being related to pools and young children under the age of 5 years. This reflects the same trend noted in the previous years analysis.
Nearly half of all accidents occurred at a residential location, along with three-quarters of fatalities as well. The most common type of pool involved in residential fatalities was in-ground, they account for around 58% (approximately 226). Above-ground pools were involved in 17% and portable pools were involved in 9%.
Pools can present a higher risk for young children and teenagers below the age of 15. It is important to keep your pool secured and properly maintained. Many of the injuries were complicated by inappropriate chemical levels that caused additional damage after brief submersion incidents. Even a number of fatalities include victims that died a day or later, in part due to internal damage from the submersion in improperly kept pool that had too much chlorine.
At Pool Troopers Plano we take safety very seriously. Please be safe as swim season approaches this year.