Contributed article in our social services series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
As leaders, we have a duty to be more responsible than others, even when we’re relaxing at the beach or on a boat.
As such, it’s important to learn drowning prevention tips to help ourselves and others, with what is an easily-avoidable cause of death.
Below, we’ll give some drowning statistics to show you exactly what’s at stake, and then we’ll help you do your part in preventing some of these terrible accidents.
(The post below is an excerpt. If you want to know more, you can read the full article on Happiness Without.)
- 320,000 people drowned worldwide in 2016
- Approximately ten people drown every day in the U.S for a total of 3,536 every year between 2005 and 2014
- 20% of those fatalities were under the age of 14.
- For non-fatalities, about 50% require emergency room attention and/or transfer to further care (compared to 6% for non-drowning-related injuries). Non-fatal injuries can include brain damage and long-term disabilities.
- An additional 332 people perished in boating-related drowning incidents