- Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in Fresno County for children under the age of five, and the second leading cause of death in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 44.
- Most young children who drowned at home had been out of sight less than five minutes. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Most of these children drown in their own backyard swimming pool, but others drown in buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog water bowls, canals and ponds. Small children are top-heavy, and they don’t have the upper body strength to lift themselves out of these dangerous situations. Even if the child survives, they are often left with permanent brain damage.
- Children who live in rural areas or work on farms are also at especially high risk of drowning if water hazards are present. Canals and ditches pose as a HUGE drowning hazard in Fresno County. If you must be near them, be aware of the following conditions that could prove hazardous.