The first place in Europe in deaths by drowning holds Greece, while the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 450,000 deaths are due to drowning annually worldwide. swimming pool safety
In developed countries, drowning is the fifth most common cause of accidental death among all age groups, with an average annual incidence of approximately 2.5-3.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. For children aged 1 month to 14 years and for young adults it is the second leading cause of injury and death by accident.
In Greece, according to the National Statistical Service, 5,704 people died of drowning during the twenty years 1980-1999. According to data from the former Ministry of Commercial Shipping, Aegean and Island Policy, in 2005 215 people died due to drowning, in 2006 290, while in 2007 the number reached 302.
According to these data, on average every year 35 children and teenagers and 270 adults die from drowning in our country. 80% of accidents is for males.
These data were announced at the 18th Panhellenic Conference on Chest Diseases, organized by the Society for the Study of Lung Diseases and Occupational Chest Diseases, in collaboration with the Hellenic Pulmonology Society and the European Respiratory Society and is held in Thessaloniki under the chairmanship of the professor of pulmonology at the Aristotle University Dimitrios Giulekas.
In the US, the most common accident sites are the bathtub for children under one year of age, family pools for preschoolers, while lakes, rivers, and the ocean are typical drowning sites for young adults.
It is a fact that many family pools in Greece also have no physical barrier between the pool and the house, or, if there is a fence, the entrance gate is always open.
For some of the approximately 300 drownings that occur every year in Greece, the lack of safety in hotel swimming pools, many of which operate illegally, is also responsible