Not surprisingly, 63 percent of all drownings occur in the summer. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children up to age 14, with children under age 5 being the most likely to drown. Supervise swimming children closely -- most children do not call for help or wave their arms if they are in danger.
People between 15 and 24 are also at high risk, and alcohol is often the culprit. Drinking is responsible for nearly half of adolescent and adult water recreation deaths and one in five reported boating fatalities. Stay alert and don't drink when in and around water. Alcohol impairs your senses, increasing your risk of drowning and making it harder to react to an emergency.