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LIFE SAVING FACTS
- Drowning and choking are the two leading causes of unintentionally
injury related deaths in children under the age of 14.
- If you retain only 20% of Infant/Child CPR & Choking Maneuver education and administer that to a child in crisis, you have an 80% chance of saving their life.
- It has been proven that children’s bodies respond much quicker and
easier than adults.
- Brain damage will most likely occur in a child due to loss of oxygen in only 6-10 minutes.
- Drowning is not seasonal it occurs year round and 80% of drownings
- Children under the age of 4 have a drowning death rate more than 3
times greater than other age groups and account for 80% of home
- Male children have a drowning rate more than 2 times that of a female.
However females have a bathtub drowning rate twice that of males.
- Low-income children are at greater risk from non-swimming drownings.
- Nine out of 10 drowning related deaths occurred while children were
- Children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- The total annual cost of drowning among children ages 14 and under is approximately $5.7 billion. Children under ages of 4 account for $3.5 billion or more than half of these costs.
- Airway obstruction injury (including choking, suffocation and
strangulation) is the leading cause of accidental injury-related death
among infants under the age of 1.
- 88% of deaths and nearly 80% of hospital emergency room visits for
airway obstruction were among children under the age of 4.
- The total annual cost of airway obstruction injury among children
ages 14 and under is nearly $5 billion.
- Airway obstruction injuries can also result from entanglement or
- The majority of childhood choking results from food.
- Low-income children are at greater risk of choking from recycled toy
- Latex balloons are the cause of 30% of toy related airway obstruction.
- Children under the age of 4 account for nearly half of toy-related
injuries and almost 90% of deaths.
- The majority of toy-related injuries are minor. Approximately 97% of children seen in hospital emergency rooms for toy related injuries were treated and released.