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Bridgeport receives $150,000 to prevent drownings

September 26, 2018

The City of Bridgeport has received $150,000 in federal grant funding to help prevent drownings.

Bridgeport was one of five recipients nationwide of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely Grant Program, which doled out a total of about $1 million in funding. The money will help pay for pool safety requirements to be better enforced, and for better education about pool safety.

“Drowning remains the number 1 cause of unintentional death to children ages 1 to 4. We know drownings can be prevented. However, the problem cannot be solved alone,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle in a news release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, From 2005 to 2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. The CDC also reports that roughly one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for their injuries.

Bridgeport was the only Connecticut community to receive the funding. The city has had at least one high-profile drowning death this year, of a 2-year-old boy who drowned in a backyard pool in August.

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