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Unintentional injury is the number one killer of Americaís children, taking more lives than disease, violence and suicide. Prevention is the cure. Itís estimated that by taking simple precautions, almost all (90 percent) of unintentional injuries can be avoided. For more information on keeping children safe from accidental death or injury Click Here

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Despite a 40 percent decline since 1987, drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 to 14, taking more than 900 childrenís lives each year. For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near-drowning; for every hospital admission, approximately four children are treated in hospital emergency rooms.


Knowledge is a powerful tool for combating these tragedies. Knowing how and where children drown, as well as the concrete steps you can take to avoid danger, may make a life-and-death difference for your family. Prevention is the cure. Itís estimated that by taking simple precautions, almost all (90 percent) unintentional injuries can be avoided.

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Every year, nearly two dozen children in the United States drown after falling out of boats, and app roximately 200 children are seriously injured or killed while riding personal watercraft such as jet skis.

Most children who drown are not wearing personal flotation devices (life jackets), and an estimated 85 percent of boating-related drownings could have been prevented by PFDs.