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.

Some Facts:

  • 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.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

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