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Drowning Prevention


Interventions associated with drowning prevention in children and adolescents: systematic literature review | Injury Prevention

Sep 17, 2014

Drowning remains a leading cause of preventable death in children across the world. This systematic review identifies and critically analyses studies of interventions designed to reduce fatal and non-fatal drowning events among children and adolescents or reduce the injury severity incurred by such incidents.

Safe Boating: National Trends, Mandatory Education, and the Prevention of Boating Under the Influence

In 2013, 560 individuals lost their lives while boating, and 2,620 sustained non-fatal injuries. Forty-nine of those who died and 589 of those who were injured were youth between the ages of 0 and 19 years old. Since 1971, boating deaths have steadily decreased thanks to programs focusing on boater safety education, the use of personal flotation devices, and attention to risk factors like improper boating techniques and boating under the influence of alcohol.


Sep. 2014

QuickStats: Death Rates from Unintentional Drowning, by Age Group and Sex — United States, 2011 | Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Aug 28, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included a QuickStats report on death rates from unintentional drowning in their weekly newsletter, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). This report includes a bar chart showing death rates from unintentional drowning, by age group and sex, in the United States during 2011.

Pool Safely Releases New Infographic on Child Drownings and Pool Safety Tips | CPSC

Aug 14, 2014

Pool Safely released a new infographic on pool and spa drownings of children under the age of 15 that occurred between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014.

The infographic includes:

Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water |

Jul 31, 2014

Pools can provide much-needed relief from the summer heat, but kids can make themselves sick if they swallow too much chlorinated water, experts warn.

Amid the splashing and excitement, it's common for little ones to get water in their mouth. Some kids may even take a drink from a pool, despite warnings from their parents.

Water Safety Can Save Lives | Chicago Tribune

Jun 26, 2014

"The No. 1 cure for drowning is swimming lessons," said Mick Nelson, facilities director for USA Swimming Foundation ( "Everyone in the family should learn to swim or at least float until help arrives. Older kids and adults should learn to save people they're supervising."

Pool Safely Information and Resources

Pool Safely Information and Resources: Reducing Child Drownings, Near-Drownings, Submersions, and Entrapment Incidents in Swimming Pools and Spas

Pool Safely is a national public education campaign supporting the requirements of Section 1407 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, and it works with partners around the country to reduce child drownings, near-drownings, submersions, and entrapment incidents in swimming pools and spas.


Jun. 2014

Doctor Says Monitor Child’s Behavior after Swimming to Avert Secondary Drowning |

Jun 05, 2014

Secondary drowning is a term that’s being thrown around on social media and even in news reports recently, and while it’s getting a lot of attention now, doctors say it’s been a problem for as long as people have been around water.

With summer officially here, it’s a good time to remind parents what it is and what to do if your kids are acting strangely after swimming.

Teen Drowning Can Be Prevented With Safety Measures | AAP News

May 22, 2014

Every summer, the news includes reports about youths who drowned while swimming in a local lake or pool. Many had been with friends or family who tried their best to save them.

Although drowning can be prevented, it remains the second most common cause of accidental injury and death in 15- to 19-year-olds, according to U.S. data. Boys this age are much more likely to drown than girls, notes the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Most drownings happen in lakes, rivers and ponds.

In Pools, Young Blacks Drown At Far Higher Rates | USA Today

May 22, 2014

Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows.

Black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children, the research found. That suggests a lot of blacks are not learning to swim, said the lead author, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swimming is a life-saving skill, not just another sport, she said.

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