People drown when they get too much water in their lungs. You can drown in as little as an inch or two of water. Babies can drown in a sink or bathtub. Preschoolers are most likely to drown in a swimming pool. People who have seizure disorders are also at risk in the water. Drowning can happen quickly and silently.
Drowning precautions should include:
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): First Aid (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Drowning Prevention for Curious Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention -- When It's Not Swimming Time (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- Unintentional Drowning (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Water Safety (American Red Cross)