- Drowning remains
the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death in children 14
years of age and younger.*
- Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury related death in infants under the age of one.* More than half of these occur in bath tubs. Infants can also drown in toilets and buckets due to the disproportionate weight of their head.
- Older children are more likely to drown in open water sites, such as retention ponds or lakes.
- The majority of drowning and near-drowning incidents occur in residential swimming pools
- Approximately 10% of childhood drownings occur in bath tubs and the majority occur in the absence of adult supervision.
- The majority of children who drown in swimming pools were last seen in the home, had been missing for less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning.
* Centers for Disease Control national statistics for the year 2000.