Key Issues and Statistics

According to National Safety Council Injury Facts 2015, about 93,200 people died from unintentional-injury-related deaths in 2013. That’s 93,200 times a young driver, mother, father, grandparent, or employee’s ordinary day turned tragic. North Dakotans are not excluded from the dangers of unintentional injuries and deaths that take place off-the-job.

 

o   National:

  • Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death and is the second leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014)
  • Each day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two will be children aged 14 or younger. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014)
  • For every child who dies from drowning, another five require emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
  • More than 50% of individuals who are treated in emergency departments require hospitalization. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014)
  • About 50% of all drownings occur in natural water settings, such as lakes or rivers. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014)
  • About 75% of all persons killed in boating incidents are caused by drowning.  Of those, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2012)

o   North Dakota:

  • From 2009 through 2013, 36 drowning deaths occurred. The majority of these drowning deaths occurred while in a lake or river (44%), followed by while in a bathtub (17%). (North Dakota Department of Health. 2015)
  • From 2009 through 2013, 64% of people who died from drowning were male.
  • Among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation, almost 25% of emergency department visits for drowning, and about 20% reported boating deaths. (North Dakota Department of Health. 2015)