Florida loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their fifth birthday.
Florida overwhelmingly has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for the 1–4 year old age group in 2010 with a drowning rate of 7.29 per 100,000 population. Florida also had the highest drowning number and rate in the nation for the 1–14 population in 2010 with a drowning rate of 2.67 per 100,000 population. Oklahoma was second for this age group with a rate of 2.48 per 100,000 population, and Arizona third for this age group with a rate of 2.05 per 100,000 population for 2010. (Current national injury data)
For additional injury prevention data, please see the Florida Injury Surveillance Data System page.
In 2010, the Office of Injury Prevention (now the Injury Prevention Program) developed a new campaign, WaterproofFL— Pool Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility. The campaign emphasizes layers of protection: supervision, barriers, and emergency preparedness, and follows national recommendations. Explore WaterproofFL.com to learn the steps you can take to secure your pool and protect Florida's children, or to download campaign materials and information.