Nearly 100 children under 15 have drowned in swimming pools this summer, according to analysis from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The agency tracks drownings between Memorial Day and Labor Day as part of the Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign.
Statistics indicate that 72 percent of the reported drownings were children younger than 5 years old, and according to media reports, an additional 106 children of that age required emergency response for near-drowning incidents.
“This information tells a heartbreaking story,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum in a press release. “Behind each one of these incidents are grieving family members and communities. These are preventable tragedies, so we must continue to share the simple safety steps that parents and caregivers should take both before and during time spent in or near the water. That's what we mean when we say America needs to learn how to pool safely.”
On a state level, Texas had the highest number of drownings (13). California, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania each reported five drownings.