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Swim Safely: Quick Tips

Follow these tips to stay safe in and near the water.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Beach Safety Tips

The beach can be a dangerous place, but these beach safety tips can help you minimize risks.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Healthy Swimming - CDC

Swimming is a great way to stay fit, but it is important to be aware of ways to prevent water-related sicknesses and injury. Learn more about water safety.

Review Date: March 21, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Water

With its many uses for drinking, recreation, sanitation, hygiene, and industry, water is our most precious global resource. Find answers to your water-related questions on this CDC Web site.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Life Jackets

Life jackets are the proven number one way to save a life in the event of a sudden, unexpected capsizing or fall overboard. Today’s jackets come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. No matter which life jacket you choose, be sure it’s right for you.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

California Department of Boating and Waterways

Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster or Emergency

Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. However, when water is not available, alcohol-based hand products (sanitizers) made for cleaning hands can be used.

Review Date: December 15, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pool and Spa Safety Publications

This page links to a list of publications that focus on child water safety and drowning prevention. Some topics covered include hair entrapment in drain covers, backyard pools, hot tubs and whirlpools, and more.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Pool Safety: Simple Steps Save Lives Videos

Watch these short videos on pool and spa safety to learn how you can prevent childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Protect the Ones You Love: Drownings

Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4. Here are some tips on what you can do to prevent drowning.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Safe Boating Kidsite

This Web site is designed to educate young boaters about safe boating practices. The site provides activities, cartoons and fun games.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

National Safe Boating Council

Safety Tips: Drowning Prevention

Drowning is a quick and silent killer and leading cause of death for children. Learn why kids are at risk and what you can do to protect your family and community.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Safe Kids Worldwide

Spirit of America: America's Premier Youth Boating Education Programs

Find youth, family, and community hands-on boating and water safety education programs.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Water Safety Congress

Unintentional Drowning: Fact Sheet

Find out how you can help to prevent water-related injuries during swimming and boating.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Water Safety: Prevent Your Child from Drowning

The water in common household items can be dangerous for young children. A baby can drown in just 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of water. A curious toddler can fall into a toilet, bucket or fish tank. Taking these precautions can help.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Water Smarts

Water activities are a great way to stay cool and have a good time with your friends or family. Take along these ten tips — and your common sense — to get wet, make waves, and have a blast!

Review Date: February 12, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What Kind of Life Jacket Should You Wear?

Always wear your life jacket. Learn about personal floatation devices (PFDs) and what to look for when selecting a life jacket to provide safety when involved with water activities.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

National Safe Boating Council

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