Water is an integral part of the rural landscape used in recreation, agriculture, and sustaining life. However, water attracts young children and each time youth come in contact with water, drowning is possible.
What are the injury facts for rural youth drowning?
Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1-14. It is estimated that for each childhood drowning death, approximately four children are hospitalized for near-drowning.
Drowning rates for all age groups are three times higher in rural areas compared to urban areas. Childhood drowning in rural areas often occurs in non-pool settings, such as lakes, ponds and irrigation canals.
Drowning in canals, pits, ponds etc. is the second-leading cause of childhood agricultural-related deaths.
What factors are key to prevent rural youth drowning?
Where can I go to learn more about rural water safety?
Additional information and links on drowning prevention in rural areas for youth can be found on the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Web site. Information available includes a comprehensive listing of resources, a list of other organizations working on drowning prevention, developmental guidelines for youth drowning prevention, and a fact sheet. For technical assistance on youth drowning prevention call 1-800-662-6900.
The National Children’s Center strives to enhance the health and safety of all children involved in agricultural work and living in rural settings. The center is a program of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
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