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Drowning Prevention

Contact Injury Prevention

  •  850-245-4440



    Mailing Address

    Injury Prevention Section 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A22 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1722 


Florida loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their fifth birthday.

In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for the 1–4 year old age group with a drowning rate of 7.54 per 100,000 population. Florida had the second highest drowning rate in the nation for the 1–14 year old age group with a drowning rate of 2.54 per 100,000 population. Oklahoma was first for this age group with a rate of 2.69 per 100,000 population, and Mississippi third for this age group with a rate of 1.91 per 100,000 population. (Current national injury data)

For additional injury prevention data, please see the Florida Injury Surveillance Data System page.

WaterproofFL—Pool Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

In 2010, the Injury Prevention Section developed a new campaign, WaterproofFL— Pool Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility. The campaign emphasizes layers of protection: supervision, barriers, and emergency preparedness, and follows national recommendations. Explore to learn the steps you can take to secure your pool and protect Florida's children, or to download campaign materials and information.

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