According to the USA Swimming Foundation, between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2013, at least 202 American children under age 14 drowned in a swimming pool or spa. Almost three-quarters of those children were younger than 5 years old.
In Florida, where pool season never ends, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under age 5. Often, the last place the child was seen before being found in the pool was inside the house. It takes only moments of inattention or distraction for tragedy to occur. The statistics are sobering, but the solution is clear: supervise youngsters, and fence your pool.