2009 U.S. Drowning Statistics

Pool Drownings show sharp Increase this year

Online PR News – 20-February-2010 – – Pool Drownings show sharp Increase this year

Let’s face it, children get into things and get into places they are not supposed to be in.
The last thing you want is to have an unsupervised child around your pool. Hundreds
of children die in pools every year, but this year, 2009, is different in that the number has doubled
so far this year. Over 600 drownings! Please Read On!

On average in the USA, 300 children die in pools and hot tubs. In Texas alone
they are close to beating that this year. There are many ways this can happen in your
pool and many things you can do to prevent this. Many times it is a neighbor’s child
that climbs the fence or wanders in from an unlocked gate. Other times there are multiple
families in the back yard having a party. They have a false sense of safety because everyone
thinks someone else is watching the kids. It is up to you as a pool owner to take the steps to
prevent the unexpected tragedy and maybe save the life of a child.

There are few reports where someone heard someone drowning. Drowning victims
often have water in their lungs and cannot make a sound. Most of the time there is no one
to hear or see them. There is a product called a pool alarm that can give a drowning victim
a voice. It will give anyone (over 8 pounds) a chance at getting heard. They sound off an
alarm at the pool and in the house if someone goes into the pool. This should be a must
if you own a pool and especially if you have children. Kids can open locked doors.

This is not just relying on supervision but on many safe guards such as Pool Alarms,
Pool Covers, Pool Fences, Door Alarms and other means of security or obstructions

leading to the pool. If you are having a party spend the $20 per hour
to have a life guard come to your pool (most pool management companies will offer this).

Even when you are going to a pool that has life guards watch your children. Life guards are not
babysitters. They are there as a last resort. You have to remember that they have lots of people
to look after not just your child. The Drowning Prevention Foundation says 19% of all child
drownings happen in public pools where guards are on duty. Keep an eye on your child at all times.

Many states have laws for door and pool alarms, fences, and self latching and locking gates.
They have done this to help protect the growing rate of pool drowning. Check with your county
And state code enforcement agencies to see what applies to you. The fines can be steep if you
are not complying with the laws. You might be able to get a break from your home insurance
company for adding safety measures to your pool to help prevent drowning. But if there is an
accident, and you are not compliant with the law, don't expect the insurance company to help

protect you from lawsuits.

It is your duty as a pool owner to make your pool as safe as it can be. If you ask any drowning victim’s family they will tell you that never thought it could happen to them.
I will leave you with some drowning facts and some helpful links:

Safekidsusa nonprofit for helping to save child lives
Poolsafety.gov CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) website for pool safety
Drowning Prevention Foundation nonprofit for helping to prevent drowning
National Drowning Prevention Alliance nonprofit for helping to prevent drowning
Pool Safety Council nonprofit for helping to prevent drowning
Home Safety Council tips for a safe home
Center for Disease control water safety pages


* there were 3,308 unintentional drownings in the United States, an average of nine people per day.(CDC 2006)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

* of all children 1-4 years old who died, 26% died from drowning (CDC 2006). Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years (CDC 2005)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

* It is estimated that for each drowning death, there are 1 to 4 nonfatal submersions serious enough to result in hospitalization. Children who still require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time they arrive at the emergency department have a poor prognosis, with at least half of survivors suffering significant neurologic impairment.

American Academy of Pediatrics

* 19% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present.

Drowning Prevention Foundation

* Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

* An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning-related incidents each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability.

National Safety Council

* Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75 percent are missing from sight for five minutes or less.

Orange County, CA, Fire Authority

* The majority of children who survive (92 percent) are discovered within two minutes following submersion, and most children who die (86 percent) are found after 10 minutes. Nearly all who require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) die or are left with severe brain injury.

National Safe Kids Campaign