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Drowning Prevention
9 Myths of Drowning
  1. Is drowning really a problem?
    Yes. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four. A residential pool is 14 times more likely to cause a death than an automobile.
  2. Don’t more children die in open water than in pools?
    No. Fifty percent (50%) of deaths by drowning occur in residential pools.
  3. Isn’t it more important to have a locked gate to keep neighbors out?
    No. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the children were at their own home at the time of the incident. Forty-six percent (46%) were last seen safe inside the house just before drowning. Once outside the house, 72% had direct access to the pool.
  4. Isn’t it just parental neglect that causes drowning?
    No. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Drowning Study, conscientious parents who understand the need for supervision were almost always present.
  5. Won’t swimming lessons protect a child from drowning?
    No. Swimming lessons do not prepare a child for a drowning or a near-drowning situation.
  6. Isn’t constant supervision enough to prevent drowning?
    No. “Layers” of protection are recommended, including: a well-maintained, non-climbable fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate, alarm systems, powered safety pool covers and self-closing, self-latching doors with automatic sliding-door closers.
  7. Is there any proof fences or safety barriers work? Can’t a child climb over a fence?
    Studies conducted in Australia and New Zealand suggest adequate, four-sided pool fencing reduced drownings by 80%. Studies in Arizona demonstrated a 50% reduction.
  8. Won’t fences detract from the aesthetics of pools?
    There are several kinds of fences from which to choose that meet safety requirements, as well as alternatives such as approved safety covers.
  9. Do pool owners without young children need to install protective barriers?
    Yes. Thirty-five percent (35%) of residential drownings are not at the home of the victim.


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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547