Although New York reports far fewer drownings than most states, too many children and adults still lose their lives this way every year. Currently, there are more than 7,400 public pools and 1,300 public beaches available for swimmers throughout this state. To help prevent avoidable drownings and illnesses, state and local authorities regularly gather statistics on all water-related injuries, diseases and deaths.
Special data are also recorded indicating whether the injured party required resuscitation, a trip to a hospital — or developed an illness due to water quality issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year, over 3,500 unintentional drownings occur across America. Most of the victims (80%) are teens and young adult males – and only a small percentage of them are due to boating. Roughly 20% of all annual drowning deaths involve children age 14 and younger.
Of course, many drownings don’t happen at public beaches or in private or public swimming pools – they occur in people’s home bathtubs, hot tubs, hotels, spas, schools and health clubs.
Here are some safety tips that can help prevent drowning accidents in various locations. Many of them also apply while carefully monitoring children swimming at the beach.
Ways to prevent children and adults from suffering injuries or deaths in local swimming pools
Create water safety rules for your children and always carefully watch over them while they swim or use the family hot tub. While older children can safely bathe alone – ask them to only do so when an adult is home in case of an accident.