How many children drown each year in a pool or spa?

Friday, June 19, 2020

An average of 379 children younger than 15 years old drown in a pool or spa each year in America, according to recent Consumer Products Safety Council (CPSC) data. Children under 5 accounted for 75% of those deaths, and most drownings occurred in backyard pools when there are no adults around and no pool safety barrier.

    So pool barriers are a big deal and the State of Florida requires them by law for all new pools. But we often find they have been removed or disabled by homeowners who consider the barriers annoying. To learn more about pool barrier requirements, go to our blog post What are the pool safety barrier requirements for Florida?

    And, by the way, above-ground pools with a water depth of more than 24 inches are also required to comply with the Florida pool barrier law. For details, see Does an above-ground pool have to comply with code requirements for a swimming pool barrier?

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about POOL AND SPA:

Does an above-ground pool require a building permit? 

What are the pros and cons of vinyl liner vs fiberglas vs concrete in-ground pools? 

• Can a pool with green, cloudy water be inspected?

• Should I refinish-resurface my pool with paint or plaster?

• Why are pool pumps now required to be variable speed? 

What are the clearance requirements for an overhead electric service drop that is directly over or near a swimming pool?

    Visit our POOL AND SPA page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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