Community Outreach information
|• Two groups, children under age 4 years, and 15 to 19 years old experience the highest drowning rates.
• Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for children 1-14 years in the U.S.
• On average, 920 children 0-14 years and 362 children 15-19 years drown annually.
• 46% of the victims were last seen in the house.
|• At the time of the incidents, most victims were being supervised by one or both parents.
• 23% were last seen in the yard or on the porch or patio.
• 31% were in or around the pool before the accident.
• In all, 69% of the children were not expected to be at or in the pool, yet they were found in the water.
• 78% of infant drowning victims were not supervised.
Among children ages 1 to 4 years, most drowning occurs in residential swimming pools. Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?
Skin cancer and sun exposure issues are one of the most common issues that are preventable. Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. Indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) exposes users to UV radiation.
The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the continental United States. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest during the late spring and early summer. CDC recommends easy options for protection from UV radiation - Stay in the shade.