Among children ages 4 and under, there are approximately 300 residential swimming pool drownings each year. More than half of these drownings occur in the child’s home pool, and one-third occur at the homes of friends, neighbors or relatives.
- There is no substitute for the supervision by a responsible adult.
- Always keep children in your direct line-of-sight – always.
- Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Air-filled swimming aids, such as “water wings” are not considered safety devices and are not substitutes for personal flotation devices.
Did you know that drowning fatality rates are higher in Southern and western states than in other regions of the United States? Rural areas have higher death rates than urban or suburban areas, in part due to decreased access to emergency medical care.