"If you’re the parent of a young child or a lover of water sports, the thought of drowning probably seems like a frightening, yet unlikely scenario. But many people don’t realize how common drowning actually is or the risk factors involved.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,000 Americans die from drowning each year. And when it comes to kids ages 1 to 4 years old, drowning was actually the leading cause of accidental death in 2016, says Dr. Tony Wanna, an Emergency Department physician at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Wanna continues, 'This correlates with the time children begin to walk. Any unguarded body of water is a major risk with new walkers nearby. This includes baby pools and bathtubs, with reports of children drowning in less than 6 inches of water.'"