Why Home Water Safety is Important
Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children ages 1-4 and a top cause of death among teens.
Research suggests that fencing can prevent more than half of all swimming pool drownings of young children yet the biggest drowning threat facing families with toddlers is unexpected, unsupervised access to water.
- The majority of infant (less than 1 year old) drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets. Young children can drown in as little as an inch or two of water, and it can happen quickly and silently.
- An average of about 3,600 injuries a year occur to children due to a near-drowning incident.
- Surviving a drowning can leave someone with severe brain damage - 5%-10% of childhood drowning cases result in long-term disability.
Children are naturally attracted to water, whether it’s a swimming pool or bathtub. Toddlers are at particular risk. The most dangerous room in your home is the bathroom. Prevent water tragedies by safety-proofing your home. The risk is just too high.