Drowning Prevention

The key to drowning prevention is constant, attentive adult supervision.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages one to four, and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 14 and under. For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near drowning. And as many as 20 percent of near-drowning survivors suffer severe, permanent neurological damage.

Childhood drownings happen quickly and silently and they can happen anywhere, beaches, pools, toilets, even buckets. Children often drown because they were left unattended, or there was a short lapse in adult supervision. “Supervision” means watching your child at all times, not occasionally glancing while reading, talking or napping. When you are at the beach, lake, river or pool, stay within close physical proximity to your child. Do not depend on the presence of a lifeguard to ensure their safety. Always supervise your child anytime they are near water.