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Prevent Drowning

•  Drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

•  About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Of these, 2 are children aged 14 or younger.

•  An additional 347 people die each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.

•  Drownings are the leading cause of death for young children ages 1 to 4. Most of these drownings occur in home swimming pools.

•  Among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation, almost a quarter of Emergency Department visits for drowning, and about 1 in 5 reported boating deaths. Alcohol influences balance, coordination, and judgment. Its effects are heightened by sun exposure and heat.

Do This, Not That

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

GENERAL GUIDELINES

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