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Drowning​​ Prevention

Every year, communities in California are tragically impacted by drownings. Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five. Often, drownings occur at pools in people’s homes—usually during times no one was supposed to be swimming. Drowning is silent and can happen in minutes. If you own a home with a pool or are visiting a home with a pool or other body of water, there are steps you can take to protect children from drowning, including: adult supervision at all times, swim lessons starting at a young age, installing barriers like fences and gates, and using life jackets (especially for water activities).​​

Visit Drowning Prevention​ for more resources.

Use the following social media messages to help Californians be mindful of children’s health and safety when in or around water. The message is simple: No more drownings. #NotOneMore

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Videos​​

Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Messag​e from CDPH (Full - 1:51) ​

 

Social Media

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English​​

​​​Did you know? Drowning takes the lives of more California toddlers tahn any other kind of accident.
Suggested Messaging:
Did you know drowning takes the lives of more California toddlers than any other kind of accident? Never leave a young child alone in or around a body of water, even for a few seconds. Children can fall in and drown silently without calling for help within seconds. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx
#NotOneMore
Prevent drowning by combining adult supervision and safety barriers.
​​Suggested Messaging:
Prevent drowning by combining adult supervision and safety barriers. Children 1- to 4-years-old are at the greatest risk for drowning. Every day they learn new skills, such as opening sliding doors, and wandering to the pool or spa areas. Protect your child(ren) by adding safety barriers to your home. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx​
#NotOneMore
Drowning is silent. Children should be kept in direct sight at all times.
​​Suggested Messaging:
When children are around a body of water, assign a "Water Watcher" to keep them in direct sight and relieve the watcher every 20 minutes or so. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx​
#NotOneMore
If a child is missing check the water first.
Suggested Messaging:
When children are around a body of water, assign a “Water Watcher” to keep them in direct sight and relieve the watcher every 20 minutes or so. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx​
#NotOneMore


6 ways to have a safe summer

Teach your child to swim at an early age
Install alarms on house doors and around pool area
3 layers of protection: adult supervision, fences, gates, latches
Adults should keep a constant eye on children in or near any water
If a child is missing always check the water first.
Designate an adult to be close enough to reach out and touch the child
​Suggested Messaging:
Drowning takes the lives of more California toddlers than any other kind of accident. Children who manage to survive a “near drowning” often suffer permanent brain damage from lack of oxygen. We can prevent toddler drow​ing by practicing the 6 ways to have a safe summer.​
For more information: https://bit.ly/ddsdrowning

Spanish​​

​​​Did you know? Drowning takes the lives of more California toddlers tahn any other kind of accident.
Suggested Messaging:
Nunca dejes un niño pequeño solo dentro o alrededor de un cuerpo de agua, ni siquiera por unos segundos. Los niños pueden caerse y ahogarse silenciosamente sin pedir ayuda en cuestión de segundos. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx​
#NotOneMore
Prevent drowning by combining adult supervision and safety barriers.
​​Suggested Messaging:
Los niños de uno a cuatro años corren el mayor riesgo de ahogarse. Todos los días aprenden nuevas habilidades como abrir la puerta corrediza y caminar hacia la piscina o jacuzzi. Protege a tus hijos poniendo barreras de seguridad en tu casa. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx​
#NotOneMore 
Drowning is silent. Children should be kept in direct sight at all times.
​​Suggested Messaging:
Asigna un “Vigilante” para mantener a los niños a la vista cuando estén alrededor de un cuerpo de agua y cambia de turno aproximadamente cada 20 minutos. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx​
#NotOneMore
If a child is missing check the water first.
Suggested Messaging:
Cuando se trata del ahogamiento, los segundos cuentan. SIEMPRE revisa el agua primero si falta un niño. Learn more:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/SACB/Pages/DrowningPreventionToddlerPoolandSpaSafety.aspx​
#NotOneMore​


6 ways to have a safe summer

Teach your child to swim at an early age
Install alarms on house doors and around pool area
3 layers of protection: adult supervision, fences, gates, latches
Adults should keep a constant eye on children in or near any water
If a child is missing always check the water first.
Designate an adult to be close enough to reach out and touch the child
​Suggested Messaging:

El ahogamiento cobra la vida de más niños pequeños en California que cualquier otro tipo de accidente. Los niños que logran sobrevivir cuando casi se han ahogado, a menudo sufren daño cerebral permanente por falta de oxígeno. Podemos prevenir que los niños pequeños se ahoguen siguiendo las 6 formas para tener un verano seguro.

Para más información visita https://bit.ly/ddsdrowning






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