Drowning is the leading injury-related cause of death for children age 1–4. It doesn’t only happen when you are by the pool or at the beach; drowning can happen anywhere, even in one inch of standing water. Among children under age 4, 70% of drownings happen during non-swim times. It is quick and it is silent, but it is preventable.
Memorial Day is approaching, and more families will be active around water. Join the American Academy of Pediatrics and be an advocate for #DrowningPrevention on May 23, 2019 and all-year. From 9 AM-9PM ET, share #DrowningPrevention resources and personal stories to help raise awareness.
We can reduce drowning and save children’s lives by working together to implement safety measures we know will protect children. For a comprehensive list of resources and water safety tips, go to http://aap.org/drowning.