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Children at the Biggest Risk of Drowning
Despite being rarely talked about as a major problem, drowning remains the
fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. From 2005-2009 there have
been an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings each year in the
United States. This averages out to almost ten drownings a day. Of these,
two of them are children aged 14 and younger. For every child that dies,
another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion
injuries. Stories such as
Alise Nipper’s can be found in newspapers across the country, especially in the summer,
when the rate of drownings rises dramatically. Alise, a three old from
Missouri, was at a pool party in late July, when she was pulled from the
water, limp and lifeless. After receiving CPR from party guests and paramedics,
her heartbeat had returned before she had even arrived at the local hospital.
Her heartbeat had been stopped for 12 minutes.
What Puts You at Risk?
Some of the most common factors that affect the risk of drowning are:
Swimming Ability: Many adult and fans have reported that they cannot swim.
Research has shown that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce
the risk of drowning among children ages 1-4.
Lack of Barriers: Pool fences, as well as other barriers, prevent young
children from getting access to a pool area without the awareness of their
caregivers. A fence that separates the pool area from the house and yard,
(four-sided isolation fence), reduces a child’s risk of drowning
by 83% when compared to a three-sided property-line fencing.
Lack of Close Supervision: Drownings can happen quickly in any location
where there is water, including bathtubs, swimming pools, and even buckets.
Drowning can also occur even in the presence of lifeguards.
Locations: People of different ages drown in different places. Most children
ages 1-4 drown in swimming pools, while the percentage of drownings that
occur in natural water settings, including lakes, rivers, and oceans,
increases with age. Over 57% of all fatal and nonfatal drownings among
people ages 15 and older occurred in natural water setting.
Failure to Wear Life Jackets: The US Coast Guard reported that in 2010,
72% of the 672 boating deaths that occurred in the US were caused by drowning,
with 88% of these drownings occurred with the victim not wearing a life jacket.
Alcohol Use: Among both adults and adolescents, alcohol use is involved
in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation. Alcohol use also
accounts for almost a quarter of emergency room visits for drowning and
about one in five reported boating deaths. Alcohol can affect balance,
coordination, and judgment, and its effects are heightened by sun exposure
and heat, all of which can adversely affect the risk of drowning.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death due to a drowning,
the experienced personal injury attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
are here to help you with your case. Contact us today for a free consultation