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Drowning Prevention

May is National Water Safety Month

The Shocking Stats:

  • Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children ages 1-4
  • Children 5 years of age and older are more likely to drown in open water such as the ocean, lake, pond or rivers.
  • In California, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 14.
  • More than 70% of children who drown were under adult supervision and out of sight for less than five minutes.
  • Amazingly - 58% of parents do not consider drowning a threat to their children!
  • Even a small amount of water - like a partially filled bucket can be a threat for small children. 

Tips to Stay Safe in the Water

Know your pools. If you go to public swimming pools, be sure they meet safety inspection standards. Check to see if a local swimming pool is on Environmental Health's swimming pool closure list. Also follow these ten swimming safety tips:

  • Supervise, Supervise, Supervise! - Tragedy can strike in seconds!
  • Buddy up - Never swim alone.
  • Teach your kids to swim.
  • Learn CPR
  • Feet first - Never dive into shallow or unknown water.
  • Keep rescue equipment nearby. Inflatable toys are not life preservers.
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs and swimming.
  • Know what drowning looks like - drowning people usually cannot call for help.
  • Follow the rules - adhere to all rules and warning flags.
  • Know your limits - don't try to swim further than you can or hold your breath.

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