Facts About Drowning
- There are over 3,500 drowning deaths per year in the U.S.
- It accounts for 7% of all injury-related deaths worldwide
- It’s the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4
- It’s quick and can happen in just 20-60 seconds
Ways You Can Help Your Pool Customers
Because you’re a pool professional, you serve as an authority on the subject for your customers. Take the opportunity to be proactive in fighting the continuing epidemic of drowning. Consider trying some of these strategies:
Educate Yourself on Anti-Drowning Products & Methods
Make sure you and your team stay up to date on all the latest products and methods available to fight drowning. Consider adding safety fences, pool rules signs, and other safety products to your inventory and ensure your team understands the ins and outs of each one.
Get Familiar with Local Swimming Schools & Available Lessons
By learning about the various swimming centers and lessons available in your service area, you’ll be able to answer questions your customers may have and even make recommendations. This could be especially important for customers with children or grandchildren.
Bring Awareness to Your Community
With thousands of drowning deaths each year, it’s important to continue bringing awareness to the issue. Statistics have also shown that over half of the global population don’t know how to swim. As part of the pool industry, you can make a difference in your community by encouraging safety and offering your expertise to help people find the resources they need.
So, while we recognize May as National Drowning Prevention Month, industry professionals have the perfect platform to increase awareness of this issue. Take some time this summer to consider ways you and your team can make a difference.
Statistical source: http://ndpa.org/drowning-quick-facts/