On average, ten unintentional drowning deaths occur each day and one in every five victims is a child age fourteen or younger. And the Center for Disease Control reports that nearly 80% of fatal drowning victims are male.
Youngsters are most likely to drown in a home pool. The greatest protection against drowning is to learn to swim, but that is not sufficient for avoiding an accident. Children should always be supervised by an undistracted adult, and preschool children should always be within arms’ reach of the supervising adult. Toys such as foam noodles or blow-up floats are not safety devices and should not be relied upon instead of a life jacket.
Adults are more likely to swim in natural water settings. Swimmers should always employ the buddy system. Adults should avoid alcohol before or during swimming, boating or water skiing. And learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a critical skill particularly useful for water recreationists.