It’s a brand new year. That means it’s time for some new statistics. Today, let’s take a look at the U.S. drowning stats for January 2019.

As we often say on this blog, it is imperative that every single person learn the basics of water safety and drowning prevention. Over time, the spread of knowledge and proper swimming safety procedures can help to build a better, safer swimming world.

Each month, Life Saver Pool Fence is happy to share these drowning stats from USA Swimming. These comprehensive drowning stats for the month of January 2019 shine a light on certain trends that indicate where further education and caution are needed.

U.S. Drowning Stats for January 2019

USA Swimming’s January statistics show the number of drowning deaths across the nation throughout the past month. What’s more, this chart also compares this month’s numbers to past Januarys going back to the year 2009.

As always, this basic chart focuses on four key age groups and how they are 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 January 2019

January Total Child 4 & Under Child 12 & Under Teen Adult
2019-Jan 75 6 5 3 61
2018-Jan 76 20 5 3 48
2017-Jan 97 9 6 6 76
2016-Jan 44 10 2 6 26
2015-Jan 54 12 7 7 28
2014-Jan 60 11 3 3 43
2013-Jan 60 6 5 6 43
2012-Jan 76 12 3 5 56
2011-Jan 67 12 6 4 45
2010-Jan 62 13 9 6 34
2009-Jan 56 11 5 1 39

When compared to last year, the category that has improved the most is “children aged four and under.” The drowning stats for January 2019 show this as tied for the lowest this category has even been since USA Swimming first began tracking.

drowning stats 2018

As you can tell from these statistics, the more information we have, the better.

Where Do These Stats Come From?

These drowning stats for January 2019 were shared with Life Saver Pool Fence directly from USA Swimming. USA Swimming is the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. It is an extension of the United States Olympic Committee. In fact, USA Swimming is charged with selecting the United States Olympic Swimming team and any other swimming 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. When it comes to best swimming practices, they know their stuff! If you’d like to learn more, you can watch our full Child Safety Source interview with Mick Nelson, the Facilities Development Director for USA Swimming. Additionally, you can visit their official website.

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