Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and death in Clark County for children 4 years old and under.
Drownings can be prevented:
The most common drowning victim is a child 4 years old or younger.
The majority of drowning deaths occur in the family pool with 70 percent of the incidents occurring between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Contrary to what many people believe, drowning is a quick and silent killer. In the time it takes to:
Get a towel - (10 seconds) a child can become submerged
Answer the phone - (two minutes) a child can lose consciousness
Answer the front door - (four - six minutes) a submerged child can sustain permanent brain damage or die
For more information on how you can prevent a child from drowning, visit the Drowning Prevention webpages on our community education website www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org.