When Usher's son was entrapped by a pool drain, Alan Korn, Executive Director of Abbey's Hope and a pool safety expert, helped the media spread drain safety awareness and warn the public about the very real dangers of entrapment. Fortunately, Usher's son survived and is reported to be doing well and recovering. Click the links below to view full stories.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled Thermo Aquababy Bath Ring Seats due to drowning hazard. The bath seats fail to meet the federal safety standards, including the requirement for stability. Specifically, the bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled Hollis Digital Dive Computers due to drowning hazards. The dive computer, when used with an optional integrated transmitter, can malfunction and display an incorrect tank pressure reading to the diver. A diver could unknowingly deplete their air supply based on the reading, resulting in drowning. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
KSTP by Jennie Olson
The Greater Twin Cities YMCA is developing water safety lessons for low-income people in hopes of preventing drowning and luring more minorities into competitive swimming.
The curriculum provides five 40-minute lessons focusing on how to recognize safe swimming environments, how to identify a lifeguard and how to kick to the side of the pool, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The YMCA plans to take the program into low-income apartment complexes with swimming pools in Inver Grove Heights and Brooklyn Park and teach residents how to stay safe.
John Croman, KARE 11
Minneapolis- If you're the one responsible for keeping children safe in water, you shouldn't rely on your ears to tip you off to a drowning in progress. Experts say most drownings are quiet incidents and don't match our preconceived notions of victims yelling for help and frantically waving their arms in the water.
"Drowning is silent and people really must watch their children in the water," LeeAnn Mortenson, the injury prevention coordinator at North Memorial Hospital, told KARE. "There's no screaming or yelling or flailing. And it only takes a second for someone to slip under the surface unnoticed."
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled three brands of baby bath seats due drowning hazards. Consumers should stop using these products unless otherwise instructed. The bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards, including requirements for stability. Specifically, the bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies.
Written by Tracy Loew June 8, 2013
Fewer than half of Oregon's public pools have met the requirements of a 2008 federal law designed to keep people from being trapped against swimming pool and spa drains, state health officials estimate.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act requires public pools nationwide to fit drains with covers that prevent strong suction that can trap people underwater.