Water Related Incidents for Maricopa County:
2008 (Jan 1st-June 30th): 65 Incidents, 20 deaths (6 children / 14 adults)
2007 Totals: 79 Incidents (49 children / 30 adults), 16 Fatalities (4 children / 12 adults)
2006 Totals: 84 Incidents (57 children / 27 adults), 24 Fatalities (6 children / 18 adults)
2005 Totals: 78 Incidents (62 children / 16 adults), 15 Fatalities (10 children / 5 adults)
A study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to find out how child drowning incidents occur indicates that SUPERVISION CAN AND DOES FAIL.
Where was the location of the pool drowning?
Drowning happens quickly and without warning. There is no cry for help.
77% of children that had been seen 5 minutes or less before being missed were subsequently discovered in the pool.
Where were they last seen?
What activity was the person responsible for supervision involved in at the time of drowning?
The suddenness of this type of accident and the results it yields is devastating to anyone it touches. When you think pool, think stern. Even if this is not your personality, you must be an absolute dictator. Let your children know without any doubts, that it is your way or none at all.
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