OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
This summer, many Californians will enjoy water-based activities at home including swimming. Our Golden State has long been recognized for having some of the hottest temperatures in the country. While I encourage Californians to enjoy these activities and warm weather, I also urge them to be safe and vigilant to prevent drowning.
According to the Drowning Prevention Foundation, drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among California children ages four and under, with an average of more than 50 new deaths per year. Two-thirds of all drowning accidents occur from May to August. Children and adults who survive near-drowning accidents often suffer permanent brain damage. The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) currently provides services to nearly 800 survivors of near-drowning accidents who require lifelong assistance for their disabilities.
In light of families staying home more due to COVID-19, it is critical that families are aware of safe practices to prevent drowning at home. It is also important to continue practicing social/physical distancing of six feet or more and limit road trips to destination parks and beaches during this year’s swim season.
Knowing how to prevent drowning is a critical step in keeping children safe. There are often no warning or splashing sounds associated with drowning incidents. Teach children survival skills, ensure they have constant supervision by an adult in and around water, install isolation fencing and alarms around pool areas and know how to respond. Basic training in water rescue skills, first aid, and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could save a child’s life.
Kids Aren’t Drown Proof
Drowning is quick and silent. A child can drown in less than one minute in as little as one inch of water. There is usually no warning, such as screams or splashing.
Take preventative steps so no kids drown.