Skip to main content

Drowning Prevention


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:

·         Drownings by Month

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.

Drowning Still a Leading Cause of Death for Kids 5 and Under, CDC Reports | Huffington Post

Apr 24, 2014

For children under age 5, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death, with rates even surpassing those of traffic accident fatalities in recent years, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 1999 and 2010, more than 46,000 people died from drowning in the United States, or more than 10 per day, according to the report. However, drowning death rates have decreased over time for most age groups, the report said.

Drowning More Probable in Rural Areas, Study Finds | US News

Dec 19, 2013

People in rural areas are nearly three times more likely to drown than those who live in cities, a new Canadian study finds.

This may be because rural residents are more likely to be around open water and less likely to have taken swimming lessons, according to the researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Their findings -- from an analysis of drowning incidents in the province of Ontario between 2004 and 2008 -- appeared recently in the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education.

Syndicate content