There were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) every year from 2005- to 2014 in the U.S. alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is about ten deaths per day. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. They can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent vegetative state. The only certain “cure” for drowning is prevention, and that means always, always, and always supervising kids in any body of water - the bathtub is the site of highest drowning risk – as well as wearing life jackets.
Real life is not like in movies. You will most likely NOT hear people scream for help. There will rarely be any flapping, splashing, or waving. Unfortunately, most parents think they’d hear if their kid is drowning. Most such deaths occur during a very brief laps in supervision.
It’s hard to believe but it only takes less than half a cup of water in your lungs to drown. You can drown in a bucket of water, standing water on top of a pool or spa cover, and any amount of water that covers the mouth and nose, according to YMCA.
A hot tub at home is not as safe as you may believe. Hot water can be dangerous, particularly for kids younger than 5, who have thinner skin than older kids and adults, which means the skin can burn more easily. Just 3 seconds of exposure to hot tap water that's 140°F (60°C) can give a child a third-degree burn, according to Kids Health.
About 90 percent of them, to be more precise - in less than 30 feet from help, according to New Hampshire Water Safety.
In the time it take to go across a room for a towel (10 seconds), a child in a bathtub can be submerged; to answer the phone (2 minutes), a child can lose consciousness; to sign for a package at the front door (4-6 minutes), a child submerged in a tub or pool can sustain permanent brain damage, according to YMCA.