Drowning Myths

Don't more children die in open water than in pools?
No. More than 70 percent of deaths by drowning occur in pools. Natural bodies of water comprise 19 percent.

Isn't it more important to have a locked gate to keep neighbors out?
No. Nearly 60 percent of the children were at their own home at the time of the incident. Forty-six percent of the children were last seen safe inside the house just before the drowning and 72 percent had direct access to the pool once they were outside the home.

Isn't it just parental neglect that causes drowning?
No. According to the U.S.CPSC Drowning Study, conscientious parents who understand the need for supervision were almost always present.

Won't swimming lessons and life jackets protect a child from drowning?
No. Even great swimmers can drown. And the protection offered by life jackets is not absolute.

Isn't constant supervision enough to prevent drowning?
No. There will inevitably be lapses in your supervision. Experts recommend "layers" of protection, which include a well-maintained fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate and alarm systems, powered safety pool covers, and self-closing, self-latching doors with automatic sliding door closers.

Do pool owners without young children need to install protective barriers?
Yes. Statistics show that 40 percent of child drownings are not at the home of the victim.