Correlation of Pool Drowning Deaths
With Number of Residential Swimming
Pools by County in Florida, 2005-2007
Michael Lo, Kristal Hall, Lisa VanderWerf-Hourigan,
Bob Vincent, and Robert Pryor
has quite a bit of information to put toddler drowning deaths into perspective; especially for Hillsborough County FL;
Tampa has a large number of residential pools which is correlated with an increased incidence of toddler pool drowning; Making toddler drowning deaths somewhat predictable.
We know every year we will loose children.
Some Quotes from the paper:
Statistical modeling showed that for every 10,000 residential pools that a
County has, 2.4 additional pool drowning deaths can be expected to occur over
Three years. This relationship was therefore determined to be linearly correlated.
Greater public health impact may be achieved by focusing drowning prevention
Efforts, especially among young children, in counties with more residential pools;
And thus a greater risk of pool drowning
Of the 120 young children ages one to four who drowned in confirmed, single-family
Residential swimming pools, 82 (68.3%) drowned in a pool at their own
Home; nine (7.5%) drowned in a pool at a grandparent, uncle, or other relative’s
Home; five (4.2%) drowned in a pool at a friend’s home; five (4.2%) drowned in a
Pool at a neighbor’s home; and one (0.8%) each drowned in a pool at a babysitter’s
Home, a summer home, or a vacation rental house. Sixteen (13.3%) drowned in a
Pool at a home of another or an unspecified individual.
This study was partially supported by grant/cooperative agreement U17/CCU424766-01 from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility
of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC. The
authors thank the Florida county property appraisers’ offices that participated in this study,
and Kyla Shelton, Office of Injury Prevention, Florida Department of Health, for technical
assistance in analyzing the free-text fields in the death certificate database.
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