Residential in-ground pools now number about 5.1 million, and home above-ground pools are estimated at 3.5 million, according to the National Swimming Pool Institute. The Institute also states there are about 360,000 in-ground pools in hotels, motels, apartments, parks, and public facilities, schools, clubs, and camps. During the pandemic, many families added a backyard pool for at-home recreation and relaxation.
Commission injury statistics indicate that more than 40,000 persons annually will seek hospital emergency room care for injuries involving below-ground pools; about 10,000 will need treatment for injuries related to above-ground pools. Seventy-five percent of the injured will involve persons 19 and under, and almost twice as many boys as girls will be hurt.
The National Safety Council reports that 600 children and adults drown annually in swimming pools, 330 in-home pools. Some of the people who survive a near-drowning accident sustain life-changing injuries, including permanent brain injuries. For every child that dies from drowning, another five require extended emergency care for submersion injuries. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
Swimming alone or without adult supervision leads to many drownings. Each year, headlines note the deaths of infants…