Accidental drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 5 and under, and the leading cause of death in autistic children ages 14 and under. Most child drownings occur in the summer months.
Out of the annual child drownings 69% of the parent’s state that they did not expect their child to be in or near the water. 65% of child drownings happen in the family’s home pool or around familiar settings. It takes the same amount of time to answer the phone as it does for a child to drown. 77% of the children that drown were missing for less than 5 minutes.