Child deaths and pools

TAKE a look at some alarming drowning statistics...

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children aged between 1 and 4. The average age for childhood drownings in a pool is two years of age.

Queensland has high rates of pool drowning — between January 1, 2004 and May 18, 2010, 35 children under five years of age drowned in Queensland’s residential swimming pools.

Following the introduction of pool fencing legislation in Queensland in February 1991, the number of residential pool drownings decreased dramatically, from around 15 deaths per year between 1988 and 1990, to nine deaths in 1991, seven deaths in 1992 and one death in 1993.

Since 1993 the number of drownings started to rise again, with 90 percent of all toddler drownings in Queensland’s domestic pools occurring in pools where there was absent or substandard pool fencing, according to a University of Queensland study.

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