CPSC Report Warns About Increasing Rate of Child Drowning Deaths in U.S.

Federal safety officials indicate that 380 U.S. children drowned in 2021; which is an increase of 12% over the previous year.

As the summer season kicks off, with many families heading to the pool and beaches, federal safety officials are warning parents and caregivers to vigilantly supervise their children while swimming, as recent data shows an alarming increase in drowning deaths among children.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published the Estimated Nonfatal Drowning Injuries and Reported Drownings Report last month, revealing that drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death for U.S. children ages one to four.

Despite a steady decline in U.S. drowning deaths over previous decades, recent years have seen a reversal of this trend, particularly among young children, according to the data. From 2019 to 2021, over 75% of drowning victims were children under the age of 5, with the highest incidence among toddlers aged one to two years.

Did You Know?

AT&T Data Breach Impacts Millions of Customers

More than 73 million customers of AT&T may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and other information released on the dark web due to a massive AT&T data breach. Lawsuits are being pursued to obtain financial compensation.

Learn More

The CPSC report found a notable increase in drowning fatalities for 2021, which included 380 child drownings; a 12% increase from the 339 cases recorded in 2020.

In cases where the location was specified, the majority of fatal swimming accidents involving children under 15 occurred in residential pools, including those at the child’s own home or at the homes of neighbors, friends, or family members. Given the absence of professional lifeguards in such settings, the CPSC indicates it is crucial for all family members to be proficient swimmers.

The CPSC has released a series of tips for child swimming safety called Pool Safely. which is designed to be a reference for parents who plan to spend time in the water this summer. The guidelines note the importance of keeping children away from drains and suction outlets, as hair, jewelry, and clothes can get stuck in these devices, causing injury.

“Children can drown quickly and silently and the increase in drownings for this age group is a sobering reminder of how prevalent these tragedies are,” CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric said in the announcement. “Parents and caregivers should never let their guard down around water, that means installing layers of protection, like fencing, alarms, pool covers, and self-latching features to keep unsupervised kids from accessing the water.”

In further support of a national effort to increase swim safety, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release last month calling for more access to swimming lessons amid the rise of fatal drownings, as swimming lessons are often expensive and may not be available at all in lower income communities.


Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Want your comments reviewed by a lawyer?

To have an attorney review your comments and contact you about a potential case, provide your contact information below. This will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

BioZorb Lawsuit Alleges Breast Tissue Marker Failed, Requiring Surgical Removal
BioZorb Lawsuit Alleges Breast Tissue Marker Failed, Requiring Surgical Removal (Posted 2 days ago)

A BioZorb lawsuit has been filed by several breast cancer survivors after the BioZorb implants moved out of place and failed to dissolve int he body, requiring surgical removal.

Fairness Hearing For Philips CPAP Recall Medical Monitoring Settlement Set for October
Fairness Hearing For Philips CPAP Recall Medical Monitoring Settlement Set for October (Posted 2 days ago)

A U.S. District Court judge has scheduled a fairness hearing for October in order to determine whether final approval should be granted to a $25 million Philips CPAP recall settlement agreement, which would pay former users $25 million to pay for future medical monitoring needs.