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

​F​or 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.org

Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know, (English & Spanish), HealthyChildren.org


Water Safety for Teens, HealthyChildren.org


 Related AAP Resources

Drowning Prevention Toolkit with shareable resources, including infographics, videos, sample social media posts and parent information.