Drowning Prevention

Woman holding a small child in a swimming pool, both smiling.

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is a serious public health problem. About 11 people die each day from drowning in the United States. More children ages 1–4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects.

Drowning can happen in seconds and is often silent. It can happen to anyone, any time there is access to water.

The number 4,000

Drowning kills nearly 4,000 people each year in the United States.

Number one

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death for children 1 to 4 years of age.

The number, 8000

Between 2010 and 2019 there were about 8,000 emergency department visits for non-fatal drowning each year.