Pools: more dangerous for children than guns

A child is 100 times more likely to drown in a pool than be killed by a gun
2005-06-12T00:00:00Z Pools: more dangerous for children than gunsBy Eric Swedlund arizona daily star Arizona Daily Star
June 12, 2005 12:00 am  • 

Days since the last Tucson-area child drowning: 326

Recent years

● Drownings and near-drownings for kids under 5 in the Tucson area.

Near- Drownings drownings

1994 7 17

1995 2 15

1996 4 12

1997 2 13

1998 4 16

1999 1 16

2000 2 15

2001 2 7

2002 4 9

2003 5 9

2004 2 14

Source: Tucson Fire Department

In Arizona

● Accidental deaths in Arizona for children, 2000-2003

● Drowning: 140

● Gunshot wound: 15

Source: Arizona Child Fatality Review Program

Pools: more dangerous for children than guns

They're pulled from backyard pools and bathtubs each year, tiny limp bodies, blue and not breathing. A young life can vanish quickly under water. A survivor can endure a lifetime of disabilities....

Tragedies and close calls: Readers share experiences

The Pacific Ocean. A Missouri river. A Tucson backyard swimming pool. Any body of water can be deadly, which is something some local families know all too well. ...

Fences, vigilance are keys to pool safety

An average of three children under 5 have drowned in the Tucson area each year since 1994, and 13 have nearly drowned. Most of the incidents occurred in in-ground residential and community pools....

Pool safety: True or false quiz

1. You should swim with groups or with an adult around...

They stand guard

Kyle Ackerley ... Lifeguard for four years ... 19-year-old UA sophomore: "I see a lot of kids running and jumping into the pool and not looking where they're going and jumping on top of other kids..."

State champ, 11, has Olympic goal

Anna Schorr, 11 Anna Schorr followed her two older brothers into the pool when she was 6. Five years later, she's the state champion in three events and hopes to someday swim in the Olympics. Anna...

'Little fish' always loved the pool

When she was little, Emily D'Andrea used to spend hours jumping in and out of the baby pool. As she grew up, she'd spend entire days at the pool, swimming from open to close....

Learning from a close call

In the summer of 1934, when I was 8 years old, I visited Lake Odell ...

The pool is totally cool for this duo

Emily D'Andrea, 17 When she was little, Emily D'Andrea used to spend hours jumping in and out of the baby pool. As she grew up, she'd spend entire days at the pool, swimming from open to close....

Rules to swim by

No running or fooling around near a pool ... Pay attention to your younger siblings ... Never swim alone...

Here's where you can swim and learn CPR around Tucson

Swimming lessons: Summer swim lessons for youths (free with a $2 registration fee) and adults (per two-week session) are available through the city Parks and Recreation Department. Youth lessons...

● Contact reporter Eric Swedlund at 573-4115 or at eswedlund@azstarnet.com.

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