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Drownings of Children Under the Age of Five Increase

There is a reported increase in the average number of drowning deaths in pools and spas among children under five years of age elevating concerns of the use of cheap, inflatable pools that do not have the added safety measures of stationery pools with fences and alarms.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has revealed that pool drowning fatalities of children under 5 have increased over recent years, with most cases involving children ages 1 or 2. Parents frequently assume that because the pool is inflatable, small and shallow that they do not have to protect children in the pool. However, vigilance is a necessity whenever children are near water. Moreover, the cover utilized for these inflatable pools is intended to keep debris out of the water but young children playing on the cover can get tangled in it and become injured or drown.

Some states, like the Commonwealth of Virginia , have recently passed laws to promote safety near pools and spas. By December 19, 2008 all pools have to have safety drain covers and, in certain circumstances, anti-entrapment systems to prevent against entrapment of hair in drains.

Parents should know that drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death in children, ages one to four, and that the number one defense against injury or death in a pool or spa is parental supervision. The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. and its Washington D.C. trial attorneys are experienced in representing individuals whose children suffered injuries or death as a result of drowning.