Water Safety and Drowning Prevention


Who’s Your “Water-Watcher”?

“Drowning is 100% preventable. There’s no substitute for active supervision while children are playing in or near water. Always designate a water-watcher, an adult dedicated to watching kids distinguished by wearing a water-watcher tag (free at any Orange County Fire Authority Station).”

– Todd Spitzer, Board of Supervisor, 3rd District

PLAYing at the beach or pool is a fun physical activity for the entire family. Remember to PLAY safe in the water by designating an adult in the group to serve as the official “Water Watcher” and monitor the children at all times. Water-watchers are responsible adults who agree to supervise children in the water without distractions, while wearing a water watcher tag. Download and print a free Safe Kids Water Watcher Tag or pick one up from any Orange County Fire Authority Station near you. Please email Kelly Soemantoro (kSoemantoro@ochca.com) or call (714)834-2572  to have A “Water-Watcher” tag mailed to you.

Water-watcher tag photo

This year, campaign media materials are available in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Please click on the links below to download and share the information with your friends and family.

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For more drowning prevention tips and resources, visit www.ocdrowningprevention.com.

Prevent Drowning


It only takes seconds to drown. Learn how to prevent drowning by taking a look at these resources.

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Create Water Safety Barriers

Keep your family safe and prevent drowning by creating water safety barriers. Water barriers can prevent your child from reaching the water alone and unsupervised.

Learn more about water safety barriers here.

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Healthy Swimming

Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. However, they are not risk-free. CDC’s Healthy Swimming website provides information for all groups of individuals involved in a healthy and safe swimming experience about how to maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of illness and injury.

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The ABC’s of Water Safety

In Southern California, drowning prevention and water safety should be practiced on a year-round basis with special emphasis during the summer months. Take a look at this video to learn more about the ABC’s of drowning prevention.

Empower Your Kids Through Water Safety Rules


Prevent accidents and drowning’s by setting water safety rules for children. Take a look at these safety rules by the Orange County Fire Authority to begin having positive conversations with your children.

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H2O Smartz

What do surfing, fishing, water skiing, and swimming have in common? They are all lots of fun…and they all take place in, on, or around the water! Water activities are a great way to stay cool and have a good time with your friends or your family. Take along these tips — and your common sense — to get wet, make waves, and have a blast! Please see tips below.

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