Almost every person in the United States is around water every day and,
wherever there are large (or even small) bodies of water, there is usually
a risk of drowning. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
reports that about ten individuals in the United States die every day from
drowning accidents. For this reason, every individual–and especially every parent–should
be aware of the following
primary factors that may increase the risk for drowning.
Drowning is possible in even the most seemingly safe situations, as children
can drown in as little as one inch of water. Children may encounter one
inch of water in many places, such as a bathtub, wading pool, toilet,
or even a puddle. Perhaps this is the reason that a young age is one of
the primary risk factors for drowning. The highest risk group is comprised
of children aged one through four years, and drowning is the
number one cause of death of children under four in the United States, as well as the number two
cause of death for children under 14.
In order to keep children–especially small children–safe, parents
should never leave a child near any type of water source unattended. Additionally,
if there is water nearby, parents should always avoid distractions such
as cell phones or tending to other children.
Males are twice as likely to die from a drowning accident than females,
and males are also more frequently hospitalized for near-drowning incidents.
Suspected factors for the higher risk include that males are more likely
to do the following:
- Be around water settings;
- Swim alone;
- Engage in boating activities or water sports; and
- Consume alcohol prior to boating or swimming.
Frequent Access to Water
This may seem like an obvious risk factor, however it is important to be
aware that anyone who has greater access to any type of water source is
at a significantly higher risk of drowning. This includes people who have
professions that involve water as well as children who live in homes with
pools or near lakes, ponds, rivers, or beaches. Small children who live
near any water source should be constantly supervised and older children
should be educated of the risks of drowning.
Other Risk Factors
In addition to the three main factors above, the following can increase
risk of drowning:
- Regular alcohol use around water;
- Epilepsy or similar medical conditions; and
- Being around unfamiliar bodies of water.
Though some drowning accidents cannot be avoided by any preventative measures,
many deaths or injuries from drowning can be prevented by knowing the
risk factors, proper supervision of children, and encouraging safe behaviors
in and around water.
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If you or your child has suffered injury in a drowning accident due to
another person’s negligence, the
Atlanta injury lawyers at the law firm of Goldstein & Hayes can assist you. We are committed
to helping drowning accident victims and their families, so please do
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