Summer is in full swing, so it is time to take a closer look at Total Aquatic Programming’s drowning stats for June 2022. The past month was not the best June on record; however, it was significantly better than the past two years. Hopefully this is a positive sign for the future.
Read on to learn more about the drowning statistics and causes for June 2022.
Understanding Drowning Statistics for June 2022
As our regular readers know, we are thankful to Total Aquatic Programming for sharing their excellent drowning statistics and charts. Though the information can at times be bleak, these stats allow water safety experts to closely examine possible aquatic hazards or other dangers.
For 13 years, these month-by-month drowning numbers have been shared in order to help prevent further dangers. Armed with this knowledge, water safety experts can track, and learn about, potential threats. Using the information presented in the drowning stats for June 2022, experts, swim instructors and lifeguards can all improve general education practices and offer extra training in needed area.
At the beginning of each month, the charts and maps supplied by Total Aquatic Programming let us know the number of drownings for particular age groups, activities and locations. Each of these drowning incidents is based on reports from reputable news sources.
The basic drowning stats for June 2022 track more than 15 separate items from every drowning that occurs throughout the country.
These items include, but are not limited to:
- age and gender of the victim
- ethnicity, if recorded
- body of water in which the drowning occurred
- and several other circumstances that can help to provide some guidance in the prevention of future drownings.
As always, we encourage our readers to check out our full Child Safety Source interview with Total Aquatic Programming’s Mick Nelson to learn more about the team behind this valuable data.
Chart: Drowning Stats for June 2022
In the chart above, we have presented the latest drowning stats for June 2022. As mentioned above, the June 2022 numbers are, in most age groups, certainly better than the past few years.
According to the numbers, children aged four and under saw a slight increase in drowning incidents. All the other categories saw a minor drop versus June 2021.
Primary Causes of Drowning Incidents
Each month, we see a variety of different causes for the drownings. In the case of June 2022, 15 percent of the drownings reported were apparently due to a lack of personal floatation devices and life jackets. This is a fairly common worry among water safety experts. To help prevent tragedy, swimmers and boaters should be sure to wear a life jacket or floatation device that has been approved by the United States Coast Guard.
Speaking of boaters, boating-related mishaps are once again a heavy contributor to these drowning statistics. Without taking proper precaution, accidents can and often do happen on boats and jet-skis. As we mentioned last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a remarkably high number of fatalities and injuries sustained via recreational water-crafts.
Finally, the drowning stats for June 2022 show that drugs and alcohol are another common cause of these recent drownings. Swimming or boating with impaired judgment can be quite dangerous. The simple fact is that drugs, drinking and swimming do not mix. Swimming while sober is certainly the safest. Reckless behavior can have serious consequences.
To learn more, visit Total Aquatic Programming’s website. There, these statistics are broken down into key areas of concern.