06/09/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/09/2023 18:51
With summer in full swing, it's important for families and people of all ages to stay up-to-date on the latest water safety information. It only takes a second for conditions in and on the water to change, and even the savviest swimmers can find themselves in an unsafe situation if they aren't careful.
An average of 860 children and teens die by drowning in the US each year. Washington state averages 17 children and teen drowning deaths annually. We can help reduce these numbers by following these guidelines for children, teens AND adults:
If you plan on spending a lot of time around the water this summer, it's smart to familiarize yourself with these tips as well as learn first aid and CPR. Always bring a cell phone with you or ensure you know where to access a phone if needed to call 911.
If you're interested in learning more about water safety and drowning prevention you can check out the Seattle Children's Hospital's water safety guidance.
If you need a life jacket and don't have access to your own, you can check out the Washington State Parks Life Jacket Loaner Program.