Drowning Prevention

Key points

  • Drowning is preventable.
  • CDC collects drowning data to understand trends and identify high risk groups.
  • We also evaluate drowning prevention strategies and pilot water safety programs with drowning prevention partners.

Why it's important

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old. It can happen in seconds and is often silent. Drowning can happen to anyone, any time there is access to water.

Drowning is preventable. View the At-a-Glance document below to see how CDC uses data and research to prevent drowning and save lives.

Drowning Prevention At-a-Glance PDF Cover
Drowning Prevention At-a-Glance PDF

Download At-a-Glance [PDF – 1 page]