Drowning Prevention


Warm temperatures in southern states lead to drownings all year round. Even though children 4 years and under are at highest risk, it's important to know that children of all ages drown in Texas pools, lakes and surprisingly, bathtubs.

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Annual Lifeguard Your Child Report:

Rising drowning statistics in North Texas inspired community partners to respond to Cook Children's call to action by participating in the Lifeguard Your Child campaign, and by collaborating on consistent messages and goals across our region. Much of the success of this campaign is due to community interventions and actions of our partners. The investment of time and dedication toward educating and informing families in communities across 8 counties will continue to make impact toward a healthier, safer region.

Campaign goals:

  • Increase the number of sustainable partner cities and organizations
  • Target education to parents and caregivers of children ages 1-4 years of age
  • Update and enforce pool ordinances
  • Create planning committees to strengthen city efforts

View the Lifeguard Your Child Campaign Impact Report for fiscal year 2020.

Community events

Lifeguard Your Child (water safety)

1 hour (Virtual - Zoom)

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause for kids 1-14 in Texas. Join us for this presentation to learn who is most at risk of drowning and what layers should be put in place to protect children and families in and around water.

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Salvavidas a su hijo (seguridad en el agua)

1 hour (Virtual - Zoom)

El ahogamiento es la principal causa de muerte accidental de niños de 1 a 4 años. Únase a nosotros en esta presentación para aprender quién está en mayor riesgo de ahogarse y qué capas deben colocarse para proteger a los niños y las familias dentro y alrededor del agua.

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Water Safey Education

4 minutes (Virtual - Zoom)

This short video covers an educational introductory message on drowning prevention. This includes layers of protection and evidence based best practices to provide a safe environment for children around the water.

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Safe vs. Unsafe Game

6 minutes (Virtual - Recording)

Preschool aged children are invited to learn about pool safety with an interactive game that gives children the option to make choices between safe and unsafe scenarios around the water. Facilitator provides positive reinforcement for safe choices so children can learn the key takeaway points.

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The Water Safety Pledge

4 minutes (Virtual - Recording)

Preschool age children follow along with the facilitator as they learn the “water safety pledge."

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Questions or comments

If you have any questions or would like more information about our program, please email safe.kids@cookchildrens.org.