Safe Kids continued to plan and implement an ongoing,
water safety program to mobilize those at risk to take action.
Drowning is the number two cause of accidental death for children ages 14 and under. For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near-drowning. On average, an annual 3,600 injuries occur to children due to a near-drowning incident. Home swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for a child between the ages 1 to 4 years. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water. A child will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring within four to six minutes. Most children who had drowned in a swimming pool, had been missing from sight for less than five minutes.
Four-sided isolation fencing around home pools could prevent 50 percent to 90 percent of childhood drownings and near-drownings.
Yes. If you have a pool or spa, or if your child visits a
home that has a pool or spa, it should be sur-
rounded on all four sides by a fence at least
five feet high with gates that close and latch
automatically. Studies estimate that this
type of isolation fencing could prevent 50
percent to 90 percent of child drownings in
Enroll your kids in swimming lessons around
age 4, but don't assume swimming lessons make
your child "drownproof." There is no substitute for