Drowning and Near Drowning Incidence
Facts about drowning and near drowning:
- There are about 5,500 drownings per year in the United States.
- Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
- Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in people between 5 and 44 years of age.
- About 15% of children experience near drowning by middle-school age.
- Up to 33% of adults have experienced near drowning at some time.
- Alcohol use is present in about 50% of adult drownings.
- Drowning is most common in teenagers and in children less than 4 years of age
- More than 40% of drownings are in the under 4 age group.
- Pools are the most common sites of drownings.
Continue to Drowning and Near Drowning Risk Factors
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