Not including boating incidents, on average about 10 people die from drowning every day in the United States, according to Injury Facts the annual statistical report on unintentional injuries produced by the National Safety Council.
Pool Safely This Summer: Take the Pledge
NSC and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are encouraging everyone to keep water safety top of mind and reduce child drowning in pools and spas. The Pool Safely campaign reminds everyone to follow five simple steps to stay safer in and around water.
More than 75,000 adults and children have signed the Pool Safely Pledge last summer. Take the Pledge today and get a free Pool Safely Toolkit.
The USA Swimming Foundation reports nearly 90 children younger than 15 drowned in a pool or spa from January through May 2018, and every year about 19 children drown during the July 4 holiday. CPSC also reports:
- 74% of drowning incidents for children younger than 15 between 2015 and 2017 occurred in residential locations
- Boys younger than 15 die from drowning at twice the rate as girls
- 351 children younger than 15 died in pools and spas in 2015
- Emergency departments treat about 6,400 pool and spa injuries in children younger than 15 every year
You can learn more about drowning prevention tactics and how to make playtime at the pool safer at the National Safety Council’s website.