Water Safety 

Safekids Logo Follow the Safer 3

During this summer, by completing swimming lesson series at a participating swimming school and receiving a Follow the "Safer 3" Summer Certificate, youngsters will earn a complimentary cone at a participating Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia McDonald's.

What are the "Safer 3"?

Safer Kids

The best practice is constant supervision by adults and never permitting a child to be unattended around water. A child knowing how to swim is important and from a qualified instructor. Stress proper behavior around and in the water.

Safer Response

Know CPR, first-aid and rescue techniques or acquire these skills from a certified instructor. Be prepared. Have an emergency plan, rescue gear and a charged phone by the pool at all times.

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Courtesy of Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation

Safer Water

Fencing around a pool with self-closing gates and latches, pool alarms, pool and spa covers -- these are all safety equipment that should be in place and used. These are aids. But no barrier is 100 percent effective. Supervision is the top priority.

The Facts About Kids and the Danger of Drowning

In Northeast Florida, and the Southeastern United States, the warm weather makes it possible to almost swim year round. That also means there are dangers year round from drowning.

Misconceptions, Prevention and Tips

Drowning is silent and quick. Parents are the best guard to prevent their children from getting into trouble in the water -- by keeping an eye on them and making sure any child going into the water knows how to swim. Learn more here...

An infographic outlining  misconceptions, prevention steps, and tips to prevent children from drowning
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Learn How to Prevent Drowning

The major threat to children in Florida is drowning, with the most critical time being from April until September. With some important information and tips for parents, many of the causes can be addressed.

Click here for a brochure on The Five Truths About Childhood Drowning.

If you have the responsibility of keeping children safe while around water, you are a "water watcher."

Water Watcher Tags

Actively supervising children playing around water and swimming in water is one of the most important ways to prevent childhood drowning. In 94 percent of the instances when a child drowns adults thought the child was being watched. Water watcher tags are helpful in taking the guess work out of who is watching the children. If you would like one mailed, please call us at 202.4302 to request a free water watcher tag.

Water Watcher Checklists

Please use our water safety checklists (PDF).

Infant and Child CPR

Have you considered taking the American Heart Association course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation? With the knowledge and skills you will learn in this course, you can save the life of a child you love! Here are the details about the class locations, content and cost (PDF).

Water Safety Checklists (from boating to hot tubs)

Whether you and the kids plan to relax in the hot tub, swim in a pool or go boating down the river, here are plans you can follow to keep kids safe (PDF).

Fun with Splish and Splash

The adventures of Splish and Splash -- child-friendly interactive games to help teach children about pool and spa safety, presented by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. There is also the Pool Safety Song and kids activity poster for coloring. Play games with Splish and Splash.


Educational Event

Need a program for your community or neighborhood group?

While You Weren't Watching... is a free drowning prevention program for parents and pool owners, available from Safe Kids Northeast Florida/Wolfson Children's Hospital. For more information or to schedule a program, please call Cindy Dennis at 904.202.4302.

Water Safety Video
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To watch an important 27-minute water safety video click here.

Layers of Protection

There are three parts to keeping children safe around pools and the water.
  1. Supervision
  2. Barriers
  3. Emergency Preparedness
Click here for more information.

Water Safety Barriers

Putting barriers around the pool are very important to prevent accidents and controlling when and how children get near the water. Click here for a Florida Department of Health Water Safety Barriers brochure.

Did you know?
Here are some facts that demonstrate why it is so important to remember to be safe around water:
  • Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1–4 in Florida.
  • Florida's drowning death rate among children ages 1–4 is the highest in the nation.
  • Enough children drown each year in Florida to fill three to four preschool classrooms.

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