Drowning Prevention

Drowning is Preventable

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.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has recently updated the Drowning Prevention Webpage and there are links to excellent drowning prevention education materials. There are also downloadable posters in English and Spanish on the webpage.

Layers of Protection Approach

  • Never leave a child alone near water, even for a few seconds
  • A supervising adult should be close enough to touch the child under 4 years old near water
  • Keep a constant adult eye on young children
  • All collections of water are dangerous for infants and toddlers including bathtubs, buckets, toilets, ponds, spas, swimming pools, and natural water sites
  • Swimming pools should have fences, alarms, and drains that meet regulations
  • Pool gates should be self-latching, opening outward, with the latch out-of-reach for a child
  • Keep reaching and throwing aids near a swimming pool
  • All children should wear a personal floatation device while playing near bodies of water
  • Parents and child caregivers should know how to perform rescue techniques and strategies to respond in an emergency
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first
Informational Links
Drowning Prevention Brochure
Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts
Swimming Safety and Drowning Prevention
Orange County Drowning Prevention Seven Tips for Safer Swimming