The Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC) reports that there were 355 reported fatal child drownings in pools and spas in 2013, with 283 involving children younger than 5.
Other key findings include:
- Between 2013 and 2015, an estimated 5,600 children younger than 15 years old were treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal drownings in pools or spas.
- Between 2011 and 2013, the majority of fatal drowning victims were younger than 5 (77 percent of victims younger than 15 years old).
- Between 2013 and 2015, the majority of hospital emergency room-treated non-fatal drowning victims were younger than 5 years old (77 percent of victims younger than 15 years old).
- For children younger than 15 years old, almost two-thirds of the fatal drowning victims were boys.
- For children younger than 5 years old, residential locations made up 57 percent of non-fatal and 87 percent of fatal reported drowning incidents.
Note: CPSC’s report addresses non-fatal drownings for the period from 2013 through 2015 and fatal drownings for the period from 2011 through 2013, reflecting a lag in the reporting of fatal drowning statistics.
The best way to prevent drownings and near drownings is pool and water safety, including swimming lessons from a professional Swimming Instructor or Swimming School that specializes in infant survival swimming classes and child survival swimming classes.