Researchers said emergency department visits from hot tub accidents increased 160% from 1990 to 2007, and while most patients are over age 16, children are at high risk of injury. The study found 3% of injuries were near-drownings and two-thirds of those were children under age 6. Children ages 6 to 12 accounted for 42% of injuries caused by jumping or diving into a hot tub.

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