Drowning Prevention: What Every Parent Must Know

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On average, two children under age 15 die each day in the U.S. from unintentional drowning, and the summer months account for the majority of incidents. Five times as many will require emergency treatment for nonfatal submersion injuries, which can result in severe damage to the brain and long-term disabilities.

The home swimming pool is still where most childhood drownings happen, whether at your home or the home of a friend or family member. Here’s a chilling statistic: half of all children who will drown next year will do so within a mere 25 yards of an adult. Let that sink in. Only 25 yards away, yet an adult will not notice that a child is drowning and needs help.