New drowning report
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.