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Not including boating incidents, on average about nine people die from drowning every day in the United States, according to
Injury Facts 2017 the annual statistical report on unintentional injuries produced by NSC.
When we think of water safety, we often think of the potential for young children to drown. But drowning
also is a concern for teens and young adults. While drowning is more common for children 5 and younger, it's the second leading cause of death for people age 5-24. According to NSC data, 737 people age 5 to 24 drowned in 2014.
Swimmers should keep a
few safety precautions in mind:
Most parents think water safety is first and foremost on their minds whenever they are enjoying summer activities with their young kids. But when the unthinkable happens and a child drowns, parents and caregivers have been known to say, “I only looked away for a second.”
NSC statistics point to drowning as a leading cause of death for young children – mostly due to
children falling into a pool or being left alone in the bathtub.
Of the 3,406 drownings in 2014, more than 12% were children age 4 and younger, according to
Injury Facts 2017. These statistics are in line with Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, which state
more than 200 children ages 1 to 14 drowned in pools and spas during summer 2013. Bathtubs, toilets and even buckets also can pose a danger for very young children.
Parents are cautioned all the time about water safety, but drownings still occur. Always be aware and be in the present moment with your children. Following are a few water safety precautions:
Every pool, every lake and every warm summer day holds the possibility of new, fun summer experiences. All you need to add is your undivided attention.
No matter where you live, no matter the time of year, it's important to always watch your child around water. Bathing, swimming, even buckets and toilets can present a safety hazard for young children.