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Drowning Prevention

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  •  850-316-2752

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    Fairfield Service Center, 1295 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32501 



Florida consistently has one of the highest drowning death rates in the nation. Find more information on drowning statistics in Florida from the FDOH Injury Prevention Program.

FDOH-Escambia is dedicated to equip you with essential knowledge and practical tips to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience near pools, beaches, lakes, and any other aquatic destinations. 

Why is water safety crucial? 

While water activities offer tremendous fun and relaxation, it's important to be aware of potential risks and take appropriate precautions to prevent accidents and protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Water safety is of paramount importance to ensure the well-being of individuals of all ages when engaging in water-related activities. Here's why water safety matters:  

  1. Prevention of Drowning: Drowning is a significant concern, particularly for children and inexperienced swimmers. Understanding and practicing water safety measures can help prevent tragic accidents and save lives. By being aware of potential risks and adhering to safety guidelines, you can enjoy water activities with confidence.  
  2. Protection against Water Hazards: Various bodies of water present unique hazards, such as strong currents, undertows, and submerged obstacles. Being knowledgeable about these risks and taking necessary precautions, such as swimming in designated areas and heeding warning signs, minimizes the chances of accidents and injuries.  
  3. Supervision and Vigilance: Effective supervision is essential, especially when children are near water. Maintaining constant visual contact and staying within arm's reach of young swimmers are crucial safety practices. Being attentive and vigilant ensures quick response and timely assistance in case of emergencies. 
  4. Building Swimming Skills: Learning to swim is an essential life skill that enhances water safety. Proficient swimming abilities empower individuals to navigate water confidently and handle unexpected situations. Enrolling in swimming lessons and practicing swimming techniques can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.  
  5. Preparation for Water-Based Activities: Whether boating, kayaking, or participating in water sports, understanding safety protocols specific to each activity is vital. Knowing how to use safety equipment, follow navigational rules, and recognize weather conditions ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience on the water.  
  6. Respect for Water: Developing a healthy respect for the water's power and unpredictability is crucial. Understanding that even calm-looking bodies of water can be dangerous encourages responsible behavior and risk mitigation strategies.  
  7. Health and Wellness: Engaging in water activities promotes physical fitness, relaxation, and overall well-being. By prioritizing water safety, individuals can enjoy the numerous benefits of water-based recreation while minimizing the potential for accidents and injuries. 

Water safety should be a top priority for everyone, regardless of age or swimming ability. By following water safety guidelines, being aware of potential risks, and maintaining vigilance, we can create a safer environment for all water enthusiasts and ensure enjoyable and incident-free experiences.