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Drowning Prevention

We know every parent wants to protect their children from harm and to keep them safe whenever possible.  When it comes to participate in water activities, is no different.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every hour, every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning.  Furthermore,  372,000 people drown each year, with those under 5 years of age, being at greatest risk.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning.  Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.  From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — which is about ten deaths per day.   An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.  Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.  Children have the highest drowning rates.

In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.  Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.  Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).   Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.

So as you can see, DROWNING IS A BIG PROBLEM, specially among children.  We can all play an important role helping reduce these drowning statistics, and parents are vital in this process.  You play such an important key role when it comes to protecting your children from drowning.  We are developing this section so you can get informed or learn more about how to be safe when participating in water related activities.  Together, with our partners in prevention,  we are helping educate families, parents and kids, and the community in general to use the water safety steps that work best for them.  Help us spread the word about water safety and drowning prevention and share this page and resources with your family and friends!


Safety Steps Save Lives

-Learn how these simple Safety Steps can save lives in and around swimming pools and spas.

Portable Pools
Fence Them! Cover Them! Put Them Away!Portable Pools Brochure

From PoolSafely this tip card provides tips to consumers and anyone concerned about the increasing number of portable pools and how easily they can sometimes be accessed by small children.

How to Choose the Right Life JacketHow to Choose Life Jacket

From The U.S. Coast Guard, everything you need to know about choosing the correct life jacket for your child.

Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential PoolsPool Safety Barrier Guidelines

From PoolSafely these guidelines cover fences, gates, audible alarms for doors with access to pools, and power safety covers.

Educational Videos

-Watch educational videos about water safety.

MOM’s And DAD’s On A Mission

-Learn how some parents are making a difference in drowning prevention through their own personal stories and experiences in our MOM’s And DAD’s On A Mission section .

Pool Maintenance Tips

-Visit the You & Your Pool section to learn some tips for swimming pool maintenance.

Pool and Spa Safety Act

-Learn more about The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), that was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush on December 19, 2007.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. [cited 2012 May 3]. Available from: URL:

Laosee, OC, Gilchrist, J, Rudd, R. Drowning 2005-2009. MMWR 2012; 61(19):344-347.




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