Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Cincinnati Children’s is reporting nine child deaths this summer due to drowning in backyard swimming pools, up from an average of one to three per year.
“This year we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of drowning deaths and it has our team very concerned,” said Dawne Gardner, injury prevention specialist at Cincinnati Children’s. “Because many community pools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are relying more on backyard pools that don’t provide lifeguard supervision. While many people think they would be able to hear if something was wrong with their child, drowning is in fact often silent and very quick.”
Drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages 1-4 years old from unintentional injury nationwide, with nearly 500 deaths in 2017 and close to 9,000 emergency room visits from drownings. Teens are also at risk of drowning as they may over-estimate their swimming ability, be more likely to combine swimming with alcohol use, or swim in areas without supervision.
Here are important reminders to make sure children stay safe and healthy:
Learn more about water safety and drowning prevention on our blog.