In children ages 1 to 14, drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death? Every year, approximately 760 children (14 and under) die as a result of accidental drowning. And more than 60% of those children are under age 5.
- Drowning occurs quickly and silently.
A child can drown in seconds. And they cannot cry out for help. They lose consciousness within two minutes under water. Permanent brain damage occurs after four to six minutes.
- For every child who drowns, two are hospitalized for near-drowning.
Up to 20% of survivors suffer permanent brain damage. And 15% of those children hospitalized for near-drowning die in the hospital.
- Each year in the U.S., over 200 children under age 5 drown in home swimming pools.
Most children who drown in these swimming pools were:
- last seen inside the home, or had been out of sight for less than five minutes.
- in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning.
- The suction of a pool or spa drain can trap people underwater.
From 1985 to 2004:
- At least 33 children died as a result of this entrapment.
- 100 were seriously injured.
- The suction force is too strong for anyone to free themselves.
Even several onlookers may not be able to lift a child off a drain. To break that suction would be like lifting more than 500 pounds.