father and son at beach

Being in and around the water is a fun activity and a great way to keep cool during the hot summer months, but it’s important to know how to stay safe. Drowning is swift and silent—there is often no splashing or cries for help. It can take as few as 20 seconds to sink below the water and only minutes to drown, but you and your children can stay safe by learning how to swim, closely supervising your children, being a responsible pool owner, and following other water safety tips.

Information on Drowning


Water Safety for Everyone


Keeping Kids Safe In and Around Water


Learn to Swim!


Responsible Pool Ownership


Boating Safety


Fact Sheets


This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.