We’ve been given special permission from USA Swimming to share their comprehensive drowning stats for August 2018. There is tremendous value in these numbers.

Every month, far too many people fall victim to accidental drowning. At Life Saver Pool Fence, water safety is our top priority.

U.S. Drowning Stats for August 2018

As you’ll notice, these statistics specify the number of drowning deaths in the United States throughout the month of August in 2018. This helpful chart also compares these the drowning stats for August 2018 to other years.

It focuses on four key groups affected by drowning:

  • Children aged four and younger
  • Children aged 12 and under
  • Teenagers
  • Adults, meaning anyone older than teens

Chart: U.S. Drowning Stats for August 2018

August Total Child 4 & Under Child 12 & Under Teen Adult
2018-Aug 251 45 21 20 165
2017-Aug 311 57 24 28 202
2016-Aug 356 41 28 45 242
2015-Aug 336 61 17 30 228
2014-Aug 300 45 34 40 181
2013-Aug 308 38 28 26 216
2012-Aug 302 42 24 36 200
2011-Aug 355 53 28 34 240
2010-Aug 313 47 19 52 195
2009-Aug 264 35 31 27 171

As you have probably noticed, excellent progress was made between 2017 and 2018. As a nation, the number of drowning deaths has dropped significantly. Across the land, the deaths in August have decreased from 311 to 251. That’s a major drop. In fact, all figures represented here have dropped when compared to the previous 10 years.

For further detail, take a look at this map. On a state-by-state basis, you can clearly see the total drowning statistics for last 10 years.

drowning stats 2018

While it’s too early to tell, we sincerely hope that the reason for this decrease is due to education and awareness programs. Parents who take a more active roll in water safety can have a major impact on pool safety.

Where Do These Stats Come From?

As we mentioned earlier, these drowning stats for August 2018 come directly from USA Swimming. This organization is the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. It is an extension of the United States Olympic Committee. In fact, the organization is charged with selecting the United States Olympic Swimming team and any other teams that officially represent the nation.

Above all else, USA Swimming sets the rules for competitive swimming in the United States. It employs coaches and helps to promote safe swimming.

Further Reading

Now that you've had time to look over the stats, it's time to dig deeper. Each month, we shine a light on some of the tragic drowning deaths and daring rescues from across the nation. Reading through these posts, you're sure to find powerful safety tips that will help to prevent accidental drowning. With a bit of care and focus, drowning is preventable. Keep an eye on the official Life Saver Pool Fence blog for more helpful tips and guides.

For example, here are just a few ways to secure your pool area by using a safety fence. Take a look:

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