Water activities are popular in the desert Southwest — but as fun as water may be, it can also be dangerous. Arizona is second in the nation for child drowning incidents, and every incident is preventable.
While most children drown in their own pools, many others drown in buckets, toilets and bathtubs. Drowning can occur in 2 inches of water.
By practicing a few simple rules, you can ensure that you and your family will be safe around all bodies of water, large and small. Make sure you always follow the ABCs of water safety, and familiarize yourself with other water safety tips below:
Free electric and water safety materials are available for Arizona residents and educators. Each summer, families can pledge to follow the ABCs of water safety and win. Find out who pledged and won in 2016.
SRP is also a proud supporter of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Drowning Impact Awareness Month campaign, which occurs each August. The purple ribbon campaign is Arizona’s largest collaborative drowning prevention effort to help bring awareness to water safety. It also pays tribute to families who have been touched by child drownings. The campaign has distributed nearly 1,000,000 purple ribbons statewide since it started in 2003.