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OCFA offers drowning prevention tips

In Southern California, drowning prevention and water safety should be practiced on a year-round basis with special emphasis during the summer months.

Drowning Prevention for Kids:

  • Always keep children within arm’s reach
  • Remove items that a child could climb on to get over a fence and into a pool area
  • Designate a water watcher; someone who is free of distraction and can focus on those in the water
  • Install and maintain proper barriers around the pool and spa areas such as fences, gates, doors, alarms and safety covers
  • If a child goes missing, ALWAYS check the water first

Drowning Prevention for Adults:

  • Never swim alone
  • Learn to swim
  • Learn CPR
  • Wear a life vest if you are not a strong swimmer

Did you know?

  • In 2019, Orange County had a total of 114 drowning incidents. There were 33 incidents involving children between 0-4 years old and 33 incidents involving adults over 50.
  • Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water.
  • Most drowning incidents for adults are a result of a medical condition or intoxication.
  • Less than 1/3 of adults can swim the length of a pool which is why you should always swim with a buddy.
  • In 2019, most drownings occurred at the beach or the bay.
  • Once under water, an infant loses consciousness in 30 seconds or less, a child within 2 minutes.

To view videos on water safety, visit https://ocfa.org/preventdrowning.

This article was released by the Orange County Fire Authority.