Drowning Statistics By The Numbers


Daytona Beach, FL - Drowning is ranked number three as a result of an unintentional household death in the state of Florida, according to a study done by safety website, Safewise. Community Outreach Manager Krystal Rogers said according to their recent State of Safety Survey, 27% of Florida residents rated drowning as a top safety concern (the national level of concern is 24% for drowning and 40% for household accidents overall).

Rogers said the overall average rate in Florida is two drownings per 100,000 people, nearly twice as much as the national average of 1.2 per 100,000 with children between the ages of one and four at highest risk. Statistics show that the rate for those young children is at 7.6 per 100,000 to die by drowning.

Ages 1-4: 7.6 drowning deaths per 100,000

Breakout of drowning causes for ages 1-4 in Florida:
Florida 1-4 years (Drowning and submersion while in swimming-pool) 4.3 per 100,000
Florida 1-4 years (Drowning and submersion following fall into swimming-pool) 1.0 per 100,000
Florida 1-4 years (Drowning and submersion while in natural water) 0.8 per 100,000
Florida 1-4 years (Drowning and submersion following fall into natural water) Not available
Florida 1-4 years (Other specified drowning and submersion) 0.4 per 100,000
Florida 1-4 years (Unspecified drowning and submersion) 0.6 per 100,000

June is National Safety Month and SafeWise is joining thousands of organizations nationwide in educating the public on how to reduce the leading causes of injury in our homes and communities.

Some other statistics:

The top five most fatal household injuries in the US are (in order from most fatal to least) poisoning, falls, choking or suffocation, drowning, and fires or burns.

About 10 people die from drowning every day in the US, and 1- to 4-year-olds are at greatest risk. Every year around 40,000 people dies as a result of car crashes-but that’s just 25% of all deaths due to an accident. Household accidents represent 75% of all unintentional injury deaths.

Injury is the leading cause of death for people under 45 years old.

Males are almost twice as likely to die from an injury-related accident than females.

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compared the most common accidents to what people told us they’re worried about in the State of Safety study. Other things the study looked at was which injuries landed people in the ER most often, and which ones were the most fatal.