Prevent Drowning

Do This, Not That

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

•  Drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

•  About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Of these, 2 are children aged 14 or younger.

•  An additional 347 people die each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.

•  Drownings are the leading cause of death for young children ages 1 to 4. Most of these drownings occur in home swimming pools.

•  Among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation, almost a quarter of Emergency Department visits for drowning, and about 1 in 5 reported boating deaths. Alcohol influences balance, coordination, and judgment. Its effects are heightened by sun exposure and heat.


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