The top two reasons drowning deaths occur are:
- breakdown in adult supervision and
- adolescents or adults swimming alone.
Provided by Safe Kids Worldwide:
- Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4yrs.
- Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur among children 1-4yrs.
- About three-quarters of pool submersion deaths occur at a home.
- The majority of infant (less than 1) drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets.
- Use of specially-made drain covers, vacuum-release systems, multiple filter pumps and other pressure-venting pool filter mechanisms can reduce the risk of entrapment.
- African-American children have the highest rate of drowning fatalities followed by American Indian and Caucasian children.
- Inflatable pools are dangerous because small children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
US Coast Guard
- Every 2 ½ hours someone is killed or injured in a boating accident.
- Chances of drowning in a boating accident are 1 in 66 if wearing a life jacket and 1 in 11 if not wearing a life jacket.
United States Lifesaving Association
- Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore.
- Over 100 drownings due to rip currents occur every year in the United States. More than 80% of water rescues on surf beaches are due to rip currents.
- USLA statistics over a ten year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five times greater than drowning at a beach with lifeguards.
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