Drowning is the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. CDC
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in children 14 and under. More than half of those drowning deaths occur in children ages 4 and under. Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male. CDC
60-90% of drownings occur in a backyard pool or spa.
For every drowning, there are 4 near-drowning incidents that lead to hospitalization, with several survivors suffering significant neurological impairment.
Drowning is the greatest summertime risk, increasing 96% above average during the summer months.
Fully 65% of all preschooler drownings occur in the child’s home pool and 33% occur at the homes of friend’s, neighbors or relatives.
Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time and 75% are missing for five minutes or less.
A child can drown in the time it takes to answer the telephone. CPSC
Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4. Study quoted in a CDC report
Sources: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Consumer Product Consumer Safety Commission (CPSC), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Safe Kids Campaign