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Countywide Drowning Prevention Campaign Launched

Members of a countywide task force and parents who lost children in drowning incidents, have launched a summer media campaign aimed at preventing future tragedies.

Formed in August of 2015, the Orange County Task Force on Drowning Prevention is a 25-member advisory panel that includes the heads of countywide public health, public safety, government, non-profit organizations, parents of victims, and Olympic medal-winning swimmers. It was convened in August 2015 to develop recommendations on methods and strategies to reduce drowning incidents and fatalities in Orange County.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency and the Centers for Disease Control, drowning remains the number one cause of accidental death for children 1 to 4 years of age. Seniors, 65 years and older, especially older males, are the most at risk for drowning incidents. They also have the highest drowning incident death rate.

The Orange County Task Force on Drowning Prevention, working with the Association of California Cities, Orange County (ACCOC) is also in the process of evaluating changes in state legislation that could reduce drowning incidents and fatalities.

For more information, please contact the Orange County Fire Authority at (714) 573-6200