Water Safety

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Did You Know?

  • Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for children ages 1 to 4.
  • Eighty-nine percent of boating deaths of all ages occurred on boats where the operator had not received boating safety instructions.
  • The majority of infant drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets.
  • African-American kids ages 5 to 14 are almost three times more likely to drown than white children.
  • The use of specially made drain covers, safety vacuum-release systems, multiple filter pumps and other pressure-venting pool filter mechanisms can reduce the risk of entrapment in pools.


Water Safety FactsSafe Kids also partners with local organizations and educators to teach water safety at home and in and around pools, spas and open bodies of water. Water safety program materials are free of charge and available for downloaded.

African-American kids ages 5 to 14 are almost three times more likely to drown than white children. Safe Kids is a partner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in annual pool safety programs, which focus on underserved communities. Our joint efforts concentrate on water safety in and around homes.
Kids Don’t Float is another important Safe Kids program.  It gives children and families the opportunity to borrow life jackets from loaner stations near lakes or marinas.  These stations provide life jackets to those families who otherwise might not wear one while in or near open water.  Life jackets can prevent drowning incidents among swimmers and non-swimmers.  Water safety experts and educators emphasize the importance of using life jackets through outreach events and workshops.

We offer free or discounted swim lessons, CPR classes and life jackets through many local Safe Kids coalitions.

We also support the CPSC’s Pool Safety Campaign by teaching families how to keep children safe around backyard pools and spas through community events and workshops.


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