Water Safety Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in children. In 2017, drowning claimed the lives of almost 1000 US children younger than 20 years. A number of strategies are available to prevent these tragedies. As educators and advocates, pediatricians can play an important role in the prevention of drowning. Policy and Resources Prevention of Drowning, 2019 Policy StatementDrowning Prevention Toolkit For Families Patient Education: A Parent's Guide to Water Safety. This brochure provides information on water safety in bathtubs, pools, and open water. Includes recommendations on pool fencing, appropriate ages for beginning swimming lessions, and use of personal watercraft. Explains what to do in case of an emergency.Drowning Prevention for Curious Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know, HealthyChildren.orgSwim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know, (English & Spanish), HealthyChildren.orgInfant Water Safety: Protect Your New Baby from Drowning, HealtlhyChildren.orgWater Safety for Teens, HealthyChildren.orgPool Dangers and Drowning Prevention―When It’s Not Swimming Time, HealthyChildren.org Related AAP Resources Drowning Prevention Toolkit with shareable resources, including infographics, videos, sample social media posts and parent information.