2019 Drowning Prevention Awareness is June 14th - June 24th and the Encinitas Lifesaving Association wants to provide the tools and knowledge to keep your loved ones safe all year long when recreating around water.
Drowning by definition is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid; outcomes are classified by death, morbidity and no morbidity. In the medical field there are 32 separate definitions for drowning.
Not so fun facts:
Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.
An average of 3,868 fatal unintentional drownings occur each year in the United States. It is estimated 360,000 people drown annually worldwide.
Ten deaths due to drowning occur each day in the United States and 986 worldwide (That is in one day!) making it a public health problem worldwide.
The highest drowning rates are among children 1- 4 years, followed by children 5-9 years, and children aged 5-14 years to die more frequently from drowning than any other cause.
One in five people who die from drowning are children 14 years of age or younger. Even more depressing is for every young child killed by accidental drowning, five others are injured causing severe brain damage, long-term disabilities, memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning…
In Bangladesh drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths of children aged 1-4 years of age; in Austrailia, China drowning is the leading cause of injury or death in children ages 1-4,
Coastal drownings in the United States account for an annual cost of $273 million for direct and indirect costs of response, medical care, and funeral arrangements. (Just coastal people!!!)
Males are especially at risk of drowning, with twice the overall mortality rate of females and are more likely to be hospitalized than females for non-fatal drowning.
Drowning accounts for 75% of deaths in flood disasters.