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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Water safety

Why is water safety important?

In 2010, there were 3,782 drowning deaths in the United States, an average of 10 deaths per day. From 2006 to 2010, there were 124 drowning deaths among residents of King County, an average of 25 per year. A majority of these deaths were preventable.
...WA Department of Health, Injury Data Tables, August 2012

We live in an area surrounded by water, giving many opportunities for exciting water activities, but also increasing the possibility of injury and drowning. Help keep the waters around and in King County safe and enjoyable by increasing your awareness of water safety and practicing several simple safety tips.

Did you know...

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children and teens ages 1 - 17 in Washington.
    ...WA Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, August 2012
  • 22 King County residents suffered drowning deaths in 2010 – none of these deaths occurred for children under 18 years of age.
    ...WA Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, August 2012

Water safety topics:

River safety
Boater safety
Pool and spa safety
Drowning facts and risks
Swim safety

Water safety in the news:

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Life jackets save lives! Wear it King County!

Sources of affordable lifejackets
There are many sources of low cost lifejackets, also known as personal floatation devices (PFDs), that meet federal safety standards.


Washington Drowning Prevention Network
Learn what Public Health and others are doing to prevent drowning.