Annual Submersion and Entrapment Report from CPSC

Below is a short, digestible page for both 2016 Submersion and Entrapment reports. To view the entire report, please feel free to download the Submersion PDF or the Entrapment PDF

Submersion Report 2016

Includes data:
2013-2015 – Emergency Department (ED) –treated pool or spa related nonfatal drownings
2011-2013- reported pool or spa-related drownings for children 15 and under

5600 ED treated nonfatal drowning injuries

  • Majority of those associated with pools (not spas)
  • 2015 number of children treated for nonfatal drowning injuries not statistically different than 2014
  • 77% involved children younger than 5 years old
  • 64% were children between 1-3 years old
  • 48% of victims were admitted to the hospital or transferred to another hospital
  • 52% incidents occurred at a private residence
  • For children younger than 5, 57% of incidents occurred at a private residence

367 pool or spa related drownings

  • Majority of those associated with pools (not spas)
  • Twice as many drownings involve male victims
  • 77% involved children younger than 5 years old
  • 66% involved children younger than 15 years
  • 76% incidents occurred at a private residence
  • For children younger than 5, 87% of incidents occurred at a private residence
  • Only 6% of fatal victims younger than 15 survived beyond 7 days
  • 56% drownings occurred in an above ground pool

Entrapment Report 2016

Includes data:

2015 reported 1 victim (2014 had 2)

2011-2015 associated with pools, spas, and whirlpool bathtubs

23 Victims

  • 1 fatality (4%)
  • 19 injuries (83%)
  • 15 victims younger than 15 years old
  • 4 victims between 20-49 years old
  • 3 no-injury (13%)
  • 2 were children 5-14 years old
  • 1 adult 20-29
  • 78% of entrapment victims were younger than 15
  • 74% of entrapment victims were female

Product

  • 43% associated with a spa
  • 39% associated with a pool
  • 17% associated with a whirlpool bathtub

Location

  • 61% occurred in a public setting
  • 35% occurred in a residential setting
  • 4% occurred in an unknown location

Entrapment Type

  • 35 % Limb
  • 30% Body
  • 17% Hair
  • 9% Mechanical
  • 9% Evisceration

Hazard Scenario

  • 48% Suction
  • 26% Missing outlet covers
  • 22% Caught on an outlet
  • 4% Other
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