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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Water safety

Why is water safety important?

In 2013, there were 4,056 drowning deaths in the United States, an average of 11 deaths per day. From 2009 to 2013, there were 119 drowning deaths among residents of King County, an average of 24 per year.
...WA Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, November 2014

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, November 2014
  • 22 King County residents suffered drowning deaths in 2013.
    ...WA Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, November 2014
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.