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, District Attorney of Orange County

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.

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Prevent Drowning

It only takes seconds to drown. It is essential to protect children from water hazards where you live and where you visit. Learn how to prevent drowning by taking a look at these resources.

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Pool Safety Fences

Help prevent children from reaching the water alone and unsupervised. Install pool safety fences to keep your family safe and prevent drowning. Learn more about drowning prevention 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. The CDC’s Healthy Swimming website provides information for a safe swimming experience and 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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Water Smarts

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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