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Water-Related Injuries

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Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two will be children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years.1

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CDC Research Article: Disparities in Drowning among Children and Young Adults
African American children 5–19 years are 5.5 times more likely to drown in a swimming pool than their white peers; differences in swimming skill might explain this disparity.

CDC Feature Article: Drowning Happens Quickly– Learn How to Reduce Your Risk
Splashing in a swimming pool is a sure way to have summer fun. But it's important to make safety a priority to protect children and others in and around the water.


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References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. [cited 2011 Apr 6]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars

 

 
About 1 in 5 child deaths is due to injury. CDC Vital Signs www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns
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