The Allegheny County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services are offering advice for all residents on how to stay safe and avoid danger while enjoying swimming pools this summer.
The Health Department’s Child Death Review Team examined nine local pool-related child drownings between 2000 and 2012 and found that, in several cases, children drowned despite knowing how to swim. They either did not have proper adult supervision or there was no barrier, such as a fence, between themselves and the water. In addition to the child deaths, at least five adults have drowned in swimming pools since 2000.
Most drownings involving children and adults, as well as general pool-related injuries and infections, can be prevented by taking the following precautions while enjoying residential or public swimming pools: