Drowning Prevention & Water Safety

Over 1,500 children and teens die every year in the U.S. from drowning. In Washington state, an average of 25 children and teens drown every year. Most of them are swimming, boating or just playing in or near water.

Children under 5 years old should always wear a life jacket in or near water, and everyone should wear life jackets on open water such as lakes, rivers and oceans – even if they know how to swim. Experts say the life jackets should be worn at all times, not just available, as there may not be time to grab them during an emergency.

On every life jacket, check that it is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, fits properly and doesn’t show any damage.

To stay safe: