Drowning Accidents Can Occur When You Least Expect It
Florida’s tropical climate allows for residents and visitors to enjoy year-round recreation time swimming in pools and beaches to cool off from the heat, have fun or to just relax. This makes swimming pools a well-liked fixture in several homes and neighborhoods, but this also makes drowning accidents a potential for many. The third leading cause of accidental deaths worldwide is drowning.
The leading cause of injury leading to death among children ages 1–4 in Florida is drowning.
- Florida’s drowning death rate among children ages 1–4 is the highest in the nation.
- Children drown each year in Florida to fill three to four preschool classrooms.
- In 2012, 440 Florida residents drowned. There were an additional 343 hospitalizations for non-fatal drownings. Children 1–4 make up 13% of the deaths and 44% of the hospitalizations.
The deep loss or severe injury to somebody because of a drowning incident is grievous. Drownings usually involve infants and can happen primarily in swimming pools, but children can drown in
- transportable pools
- hot tubs, etc.
Statistics overwhelmingly show that drowning is a huge problem according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
- More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments (EDs) require hospitalization or transfer for further care (compared with a hospitalization rate of about 6% for all unintentional injuries). These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).3,4