Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control highlight an alarming trend. 75% of all accidental drowning accidents in New York City involve children four years old or younger. The vast majority of those children drown in home swimming pools. (Older children and adults are more likely to drown in natural water settings such as lakes and rivers.) The new data was collected from hospital visits and emergency calls across the country and collated in a special report entitled "Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts."
With the availability of more affordable "temporary pools" (such as inflatables or soft-sided pools) the number of water hazards in New York City has grown tremendously. However, the vast majority of pool owners aren't even aware of the safety regulations put in place by state, city, and federal regulators in order to safeguard pool users, neighbors, and unattended children. (Sadly, many of the pool-related drowning accidents in New York City involve children under 15-years old.) Does your pool conform to safety codes? Does your neighbor's? Is there a real danger lurking in your backyard?
We like to think that pool time is playtime but statistics show pools can be extremely dangerous. In addition to drowning accidents, the number of people injured or killed in diving accidents each year make pools one of the most deadly static recreational devices around. Many of those injured are young and suffer severe trauma that will affect them for the rest of their lives.