Did You Know...

  • Drownings are the leading cause of death among children 1-4 years of age, the second leading among children 5-14 years of age and third leading cause for children under 1 and older teens ages 15-17.
  • In 2018, 27 kids under the age of 17 died as result of drownings.
  • Children less than a year old, are more likely to drown at home in the bathroom or in a bucket.
  • 1-4 year old children are more likely to drown in a pool.
  • Children 5 years and older are more likely to drown in natural waters, such as ponds, lakes and rivers.
  • Drowning is silent. In real life, there can be very little splashing, waving or screaming.
  • Drowning is quick. The reality is that once a child begins to struggle, parents may have less than a minute to react.
  • Isolation fencing provides an extra layer of protection. Most young children who drown in home pools, accessed the pool when a parent wasn’t watching.
  • Two-thirds of fatal drownings occur between May and August.

Top Safety Tips

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted.

  • Teach kids to swim as well as the five water survival skills which are:

    • Step or jump into water over their heads;
    • Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute;
    • Turn around in a full circle and find an exit from the water;
    • Swim 25 yards to the exit;
    • Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.
  • Learn CPR and basic rescue skills.

  • Make sure pools have four-sided fencing at least 4 feet high.

  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults. Many communities offer online CPR training.

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.

This page was last modified on 10/28/2022