Frequently Asked Questions and Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Healthcare costs for each near drowning event range from $75,000 for emergency room services to $180,000 per year for long term care.
  • More than 90% of parents who lose a child to drowning end up divorcing. Prevention is the key for protecting our children, grandchildren and families from the risks of drowning.
  • Nationwide, about 250 children under the age of 5 drown each year. Most of those incidents occur in backyard pools and studies have shown that usually an adult was nearby, but not watching the child when they fell in the pool.
  • Drowning is the 4th leading cause of accidental death in the United States, claiming 4,000 lives annually. Approximately one-third is children under the age of 14. (American Institute for Preventive Medicine)
  • An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to near-drownings each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability. (Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention)
  • It is estimated that for each drowning death, there are one to four nonfatal submersions serious enough to require hospitalization. Children who still require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time they arrive at the emergency room have a poor prognosis, with at least half of survivors suffering significant neurologic impairment. (American Academy of Pediatrics)