A new law concerning pool and spa safety has been approved, spearheaded by a mother who lost her 7-year-old daughter in 2002. Now she and several organizations have teamed up to require more safety measures for both pools and spas. But on the heels of the law’s approval comes an announcement that pool and spa drownings involving children under five are actually on the rise.
Nancy Baker’s daughter was 7 years old when she was entrapped by the suction of a spa drain. She is among more than 250 children who die each year due to pool and spa drownings. And upwards of 2,500 children each year are treated for submersion injuries. Because of this, Nancy Baker became a parent advocate for Safe Kids USA.
Safe Kids USA teamed up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the American Red Cross, and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to push for legislation that requires safety drain covers for all pools and spas used in public settings.
The law was signed by President Bush, and all adjustments will need to be made by December 19, 2008. This will hopefully have a positive impact on the numbers of child injury and death in the coming years. However, the law applies only to public settings, while the majority of these incidents occur at home with children ages 1-2.