Water Safety

How big of an issue is drowning?

Around the world, over 400,000 people die from drowning every year. Florida continually leads the US in drowning deaths with around 400 deaths a year.

Who is at risk?

While drowning affects all age groups, the largest burden of death is usually 1-4 year olds. It is the leading cause of injury death in this age group.

What can I do to keep myself and my family safe?

  1. Know your limits: Do no get yourself in to aquatic environments that go beyond your skills.
  2. Never swim alone: An unguarded beach is a recipe for disaster. Seek out a beach or pool with professional lifeguards or, at the very least, be around others who can call for help.
  3. Become water competent: The goal isn’t to be an olympic swimmer, but rather to be able to survive and reach a stable surface. Seek out instruction on water survival and basic swim lessons for all family members

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