Fresno County Statistics

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  • Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children ages 1 to 5 and the second leading cause of death in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 44.
  • In Fresno County, 20 to 30 people die from water-related injuries. Statistics show on average 10 of these victims are children between the ages of 1 and 18, and 20% of them will drown in family swimming pools and spas.
  • 30 to 40 children in the County are hospitalized because of non-fatal drownings; 3 to 4 of these children will suffer severe brain injuries.
  • An estimated 1 in every 3 Fresno homes has a swimming pool, and 1 out of 4 of these families report "close calls" where a child may have drowned or been seriously injured if he/she had not been rescued.