Stats to Help Keep Kids Safe During Summertime Swimming
As the weather gets nicer, keep in mind that we lose around a thousand kids in the U.S. to drowning incidents each year. Another 7,000 end up in the ER. So here's some info to help keep your kids safe.
Safe Kids Worldwide released a report this month that looked at different risk factors. Here are three big stats from it:
- Open water is the most dangerous. 43% of childhood drownings happen in oceans, lakes, and rivers.
- Keep an eye on teenagers at the beach, not just young kids. 49% of open water drownings involve kids between 15 and 19 years old.
- Boys are more likely to get into trouble in the water. 80% of open water fatalities involve boys, and just 20% involve girls.
A few things to watch out for at the beach include dangerous currents, sudden drop-offs where the water gets deeper, and things like rocks or vegetation they could get tangled in.
The good news is drowning deaths are down over the last 10 or 20 years. From almost 1,400 a year in 2000, to about 1,000 in 2016.