Drowning Statistics

  • On average, more than 300 children drown in pools every year in the U. S.
  • Of children who die from accidental injury, 30% are drowning incidents.
  • Drowning is responsible for more deaths in Texas among children ages 1-4 than any other cause except birth defects. Unlike birth defects, drowning is almost entirely preventable.
  • In child drowning incidents, 88% of the child victims were under some form of adult supervision when they drowned.
  • In child drowning incidents, 60% of the children drowned in a pool owned by the child's family.
  • In child drowning incidents, 75% of the children had been seen 5 minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered having drowned.
  • As many as 20% of near-drowning survivors suffer severe, permanent neurological disability from their accident.
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons is associated with an 88% decrease the risk of drowning among young children.
  • A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83%.