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What Do You Know About the Drowning Epidemic?

Here are some facts about the drowning epidemic in the United States.

  • Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death for children ages 1-4.

  • It's possible to drown in as little as an inch of water.

  • 11 Americans die every day from a drowning. 22 are affected by a non-fatal drowning each day.

  • Drowning injuries can cause brain damage or other serious outcomes.

  • Males are at a higher risk than females.

  • African-American children ages 5-19 drown in swimming pools at 5.5 times higher rates than Caucasian children.

  • When parent have no/low swimming skills, their children are unlikely to have proficient swimming skills.

Drowning is a leading cause of death in childhood, particularly for kids ages 1-4. It's important to have multiple layers of protection to prevent drowning deaths. They include:

  • Life saving skills such as the basics of swimming and CPR.

  • Swim lessons

  • Barriers with self-closing and locking mechanisms around swimming pools

  • Wearing life jackets in and around natural water bodies

  • Lifeguards

  • Parental supervision

For more information on the work of the Water Safety Task Force Metro Chicago visit

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