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Drowning Prevention


New Toolkit Available on Portable Pool Safety | Prevent Child Injury

May 27, 2015

Please join with the Prevent Child injury coalition to promote portable pool safety this week (May 25-31, 2015). While the toolkit is aimed at portable pools, much of the information reflects general drowning safety. The toolkit includes a sample press release, newsletter/blog article, social media posts, a flyer, and links to existing resources. Check out the user guide for tips on using the materials.

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Breath-Holding Games Are Killing Swimmers, CDC Warns | HealthDay News

May 27, 2015

As more adults and kids head to swimming pools, lakes and the ocean this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. health officials are warning about accidental drownings from underwater breath-holding games and exercises.

Whether as horseplay or part of swim training, "dangerous underwater breath-holding behaviors" can lead to otherwise strong, healthy swimmers losing consciousness underwater and drowning, warns a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Water Wisdom | Safe Kids

May 20, 2015

Whether your kids are enjoying the beach or taking a dip in the community or backyard pool, active supervision is the best way to ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun. In honor of Water Safety Month, here are a few more basic safety tips to keep your little swimmers safe.

WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning | World Health Organization

Nov 18, 2014

WHO’s first "Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer" reveals that drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people each year and is among the 10 leading causes of death for children and young people in every region.

Fire Officials Hope to Teach Importance of Fire Safety During Fire Prevention Month | Time Warner Cable News

Oct 08, 2014

This year, the theme surrounding the fire prevention initiative is the importance of testing your smoke alarms.

Two out of three home fire deaths occur in homes where the smoke alarms are either disabled or missing. Smoke alarms should be located all throughout your home and should also be checked monthly.

Fire officials said it's crucial for people to understand the importance of their smoke alarms because they can ultimately save your life and the lives of the ones you love.

End of Summer Snapshot: At Least 174 Child Drowning This Summer in Swimming Pools and Spas | Pool Safely

Sep 25, 2014

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014, at least 174 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Of the 174 reports, 112 victims were children younger than age 5. During the same period in 2013, 202 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to news accounts. Of the 202 news reports in the summer of 2013, 143 victims were children younger than age 5.

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:

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