Setting the Standard to Save Lives

Globally, drowning is the third leading cause of death, affecting 7% of the world’s population. In the United States, it’s the leading cause of death for children ages one to four years old, with more than 4,000 people dying from unintentional drownings each year and an estimated 8,000 annual emergency department visits for non-fatal drownings (source: CDC).

But drownings are largely preventable through proper operations, safety practices, and supervision, as well as consistent compliance with aquatic codes and standards. This AQUA Magazine article highlights specific sections in the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) that enable safety and focus on drowning prevention strategies. Read more here

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