9 MY T H S O F D R O W N I N G
1. Is drowning really a problem?
A. Yes. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death
among children ages 1-4 in California. 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?
A. No. 50% of deaths by drowning occur in residential pools.
3. Is it more important to have a locked gate to keep
A. No. 65% of the children were at their own home at the time
of the incident. 46% of the children were last seen safe inside
the house just before the drowning. 72% had direct access to
the pool once they were outside the house.
4. Isn’t it just parental neglect that causes drowning?
A. No. According to the U.S. 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?
A. 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?
A. No. We recommended “layers” of protection which include
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
7. Is there any proof that fences or safety barriers work?
Can’t a child climb over a fence?
A. In studies conducted in Australia and New Zealand, the
findings suggest that adequate, four sided pool fencing reduced
drownings by 80%. Studies in Arizona demonstrated a 50%
8. Won’t fences detract from the aesthetics of pools?
A. There are several kinds of fences to choose from which meet
safety requirements and are also see-through.
9. Do pool owners without young children need to
install protective barriers??
A. Yes, 35% of residential drownings are not at the
home of the victim.