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Did you know that drownings are the leading cause of death for children? It only takes a moment. A child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, check a fishing line or apply sunscreen. Death and injury from drownings happen every day in home pools and hot tubs, at the beach or in oceans, lakes, river and streams, bathtubs and even buckets.


Over 860 children and teens die every year in the U.S. from drowning. In Washington state, an average of 17 children and teens drown every year. Most of them are swimming, boating or just playing in or near water.

Keep your children, family and friends water safe by:

  • Children should only be in and near the water with adult supervision
  • Wear a life jacket
  • If you are planning on being near or on the water, learn to swim
  • Know your weather and water conditions
  • Be prepared and know what to do in case of an emergency!

Please visit the following sites for additional water safety and summer safety tips:

Our Public Education page

Seattle Children’s

American Red Cross