Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. among children under 14 and leading cause of accidental death for children age 5 and under – American Institute for Preventive Medicine.
A child can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents and 75% are missing from sight five minutes or less – National Center for Injury Prevention & Control
For children under four years of age, a swimming pool is more dangerous than an automobile. In fact, children this age are 14 times as likely to drown in a pool than be killed in a motor vehicle accident. In Louisiana, 30 children less than 15-years old drowned in 1999, and almost half (47%) of those were less than five years of age. - Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health
65% of preschooler drownings occur in the child’s home pool and 33% at the homes of friends, neighbors or relatives – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
46 percent WERE LAST SEEN IN THE HOUSE prior to being found in the pool. Of these, 15 percent were thought to be sleeping.
23 percent were last seen in the yard, porch or patio, not in the pool area. That's a total of 69 percent that were thought not to be in the pool area.
39 percent of the people responsible for supervising the child were doing chores. 18 percent socializing. 9 percent were busy on the telephone.