QuickStats: Percentage Distribution of Deaths Involving Injuries from Recreational and Nonrecreational Use of Watercraft, by Month — United States, 2018–2020

May 27, 2022

During 2018–2020, 1,508 deaths occurred involving injuries from recreational and nonrecreational use of watercraft.

The percentage of deaths each month ranged from 3.0% in December to 16.6% in July. Most deaths (68.6%) occurred during May–September.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm


More On Drownings

June 27, 2007

As a follow up to our post on drownings we’re providing month-by-month data by race, sex, and type of drowning. This is an example of the type of data provided by the National Center for Health Statistics’s National Vital Statistics System.

Accident to watercraft causing drowning and submersion

Water‑transport‑related drowning and submersion without accident to watercraft

Drowning and submersion while in bathtub

Drowning and submersion following fall into bathtub

Drowning and submersion while in swimming pool

Drowning and submersion following fall into swimming pool

Drowning and submersion while in natural water

Drowning and submersion following fall into natural water

Other specified drowning and submersion

Unspecified drowning and submersion

Fireworks Deaths and Injuries

June 14, 2007

Fourth of July celebrations are nearly synonymous with fireworks. Fireworks can be very dangerous if used carelessly or improperly.

  • In 2003, four persons died and an estimated 9,300 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States .
  • An estimated 5% of fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency departments required hospitalization.

 More info is available in this fact sheet.


June 14, 2007

The onset of summer means more people will be engaged in recreational activities in or around the water and will be at greater risk of drowning. CDC has developed an extensive fact sheet on water related injuries. It provides a great factual basis for a feature article.


May 25, 2007

Summer is upon us and with it we get a spate of questions concerning seasonal injuries and deaths. Lightning strikes. Lawn mower misadventures. Drownings. Heat stroke. And snake bites.

Injuries are tracked by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, one of 14 National Centers that together comprise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the National Center for Health Statistics we track mortality resulting from various injuries. This data comes to us by way of death certificates filed across the nation and collated at county and state level.

Fortunately, deaths from snake bite are rare.

1999…. 7

2000…. 12

2001…. 7

2002…. 3

2003…. 2

2004…. 6