New drowning report

New drowning report

By Daniel Gutierrez. CREATED May 22, 2013

Most child drownings happen in backyard pools. That's according to a new report out today from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

It says that children younger than 5 represent more than 75 percent of all pool and spa drownings.

Government data also shows African-American and Hispanic children are at a higher risk of drowning.

"Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and minority children drown in pools at an alarming rate," says CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. 

"The lives of countless children can be saved this summer. Take simple safety steps today-teach all children to swim, put a fence around all pools, and always watch children in and around the water," says Tenenbaum.