Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children aged under 6. The average age for childhood drowning in a pool is two years of age.
Improve your pool safety
The Queensland Government's annual pool safety awareness campaign calls on parents, those supervising children and pool owners to follow the ABC of pool safety:
Statistics - pools are increasing, drownings are decreasing
The number of pools in Queensland has more than doubled since 1991. Child drownings have halved since Queensland introduced swimming pool safety laws in 1991. The Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit estimates that the pool safety legislation has prevented at least 70 toddler drownings. However, a significant number of children are still drowning in swimming pools.
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SOURCE: the Queensland department of housing and public works website, accessed June 2012.