As we step ever closer to Spring, let’s take a look back at the drowning stats for February 2024. Overall, the numbers don’t seem very different than the last three years. That is, of course, except for one category. Tragically, this has been a very bad February for children four years old and under.

Exploring the Drowning Stats for February 2024

For the past 16 years, Total Aquatic Programming has been providing water safety experts with real-time drowning data, continuously updated and analyzed. This comprehensive dataset offers valuable insights into the underlying causes of these incidents, enabling us to identify areas in need of improvement. Using this extensive dataset, experts can discern patterns, refine teaching approaches, and update general safety protocols.

These monthly drowning stats include:

  • the date,
  • state,
  • city,
  • county,
  • age,
  • gender of the victim,
  • recorded ethnicity,
  • body of water,
  • and other relevant circumstances for each drowning incident on record.

To learn more about this initiative and other aspects of Total Aquatic Programming, we invite you to watch our interview with the organization’s Mick Nelson. For now, let’s delve further into the drowning stats for February 2024.

Chart: Drowning Stats for February 2024

When comparing the statistics for February 2024 to the month of February in previous years, it doesn’t seem to stand out. Overall, the total has been roughly on par with the previous three years. The absolute highest amount of drowning incidents on record, 79, was seen in February 2021. So, while 54 total drowning incidents is still a very high number, it’s been worse in the past.

Chart Drowning Stats for February 2024

Taking a closer look, we can quickly notice that this has been a terrible year for children four years old and under. A whopping 14 drowning incidents have been recorded, making this the highest number of very young child drownings since 2014.

Graph of Drowning Stats for February 2024

What Happened?

There are so many potential reasons for drowning incidents. When it comes to the drowning stats of February 2024, it seems that the majority of the young child drowning incidents happened in three places. These were home pools, ponds and the bathtub.

While every drowning case is unique and complicated, this is a teachable moment about active supervision. In many of these stories, it’s easy to see how the child may have gotten into trouble the moment an adult looked away. Believe it or not, a tremendous amount of child drownings occur while under direct adult supervision.

It is imperative to never leave children unsupervised near a pool or any open body of water. All it takes is a brief distraction for a child to wander off and find themselves in danger. Unfortunately, many of us fail to realize that drowning differs starkly from its portrayal in movies. Instead of thrashing and screaming, it is often silent and alarmingly quick. A momentary lapse in attention can lead to catastrophe.

Even in the bathtub, the water can be deadly if a little one is left alone. Always maintain arm’s length distance with a child near or in the water. If disaster strikes, you’ll be able to act quickly.

Fencing Around Pools

When it comes to drowning danger, a pool fence is not just a suggestion. In fact, it is a necessity. That said, the fence also needs to be properly installed and sturdy enough to stand against the elements.

Just last week, we wrote about one of the incidents included in this report. This was a story from Raleigh, North Carolina where a four-year-old drowned in an apartment complex pool. According to the reports, investigators discovered issues with the pool fence at the facility.

Stories like this underscore the necessity of properly installed pool fences. This is true not only for private residences but also for public pools. No matter what type of pool, there should always be multiple layers of protection in place.

Preventing Future Drowning Incidents

By heeding these insights, we can work together to prevent future drowning incidents and protect our families and communities. Through collaboration and staying informed, we can prioritize safety measures consistently.