In 2016, Orange County had 106 drowning incidents with 39 fatalities. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of five and can happen in less than two inches of water. During the summer months of May through August, drowning rates nationally increase by 89% in comparison to the other months of the year. Therefore, having knowledge of drowning prevention strategies and practicing water safety is vital to ensuring that the hot summer months are filled with fun and free of accidents.
Essential Water Safety Tips
Most drownings are preventable with simple, yet essential safety tips that can keep you and your loved ones safe, cool, and having fun during the hot summer months.
Lock it up - Keep pools gated and locked. Home pools should be enclosed with a locked fence that is at least 4 feet high.
Safety first - Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when out on boats. Children should also wear a life jacket when swimming in any body of water.
Keep a watchful eye - Always supervise children in the water at all times. Children can drown within seconds, not minutes and there is typically no indicator that it is happening.
Get swimming lessons - Knowing how to swim is a huge benefit to both adults and children as it helps to reduce the risk of drowning.
No alcohol - Stay sober, alcohol and water don't mix so don't drink if you are boating, swimming or supervising children in the water.
Learn CPR - Knowing CPR is a must. CPR can save lives if given quickly after a water accident.
Interested in learning more water safety tips? Check out our Quick Links section for additional resources on water safety and take a look at these videos from the Orange County Fire Authority and the Anaheim Ducks.