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Drowning Prevention

Drowning Prevention Poster

Drowning Prevention Poster

Drowning is Silent Poster
English | Spanish

In California, drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five. Each year, near-drowning incidents result in life-long disabilities. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Drowning Prevention Foundation continue to raise awareness on this issue, and remind parents and caregivers that drowning is preventable.

Governor's letter on Drowning Prevention

With the approach of summer weather and the swimming season, Governor Brown issued his support of Drowning Prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children ages five and under. The Governor urges all Californians to enjoy activities but remain vigilant around babies and toddlers, and swimmers of all ages.

Sacramento Bee Editorial: Warm weather should remind us to keep kids safe from drowning Image: graphic calling attention to new material.

Child Injuries are Preventable

Videos from PoolSafely and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

California's Caseload of Near Drowning as Risk Factors (New Data)

Victims of near drowning accidents often experience disabilities for the remainder of their lives. These include central nervous system damage contributing to varying levels of brain damage, resulting in loss of memory, seizures, learning disabilities, paralysis, and sometimes coma. The surviving victims may also experience a lifetime of multiple medical problems including respiratory, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular disorders.


2012 Pool Drowning

All Race and Ethnicity for Age 0 through 5 Age (years) Number: 27 Children

2012 Pool and all Other Drowning Total

All Race and Ethnicity for Age 0 through 5 Age (years) Number: 44 Children

Source: CDPH Vital Statistic Death Statistical Master Files, 2012

Prepared by California Department of Public Health, Safe and Active Communities Branch on May, 2014. See Epicenter: http://epicenter.cdph.ca.gov.

Current Laws

Require existing and new public swimming pools to be equipped with anti-entrapment devices and systems in order to prevent physical entrapment of swimmers.

California Health & Safety:

California Department of Public Health:

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Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act)

Drowning Prevention Information & Links

Drowning Prevention Foundation Publications and Video

  • Safety Guidelines English (PDF)
    Steps to avoid drowning accidents include close and constant supervision of children at all times near water and provision of multiple layers of protection, including pool fencing, gates, automatic sliding door closers, pool alarms and automatic safety covers.
  • Water Safety TipsImage: graphic calling attention to new material.
  • Except you Can't Replay Life (Video) Image: graphic calling attention to new material.
  • Protect your Child Against Bathtub Drownings English | Spanish (PDF)

For assistance with locating drowning prevention resources, contact:
The Drowning Prevention Foundation
Nadina Riggsbee, President/Founder
Phone: (707) 747-0191
E-mail: nadina@nokidsdrown.org

Last Updated: 9/2/2014