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Drowning Prevention

Contact the Violence and Injury Prevention Section

  •  850-245-4455

    Mailing Address

    Violence and Injury Prevention Section 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way 

    Bin A13 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 


Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4 years. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown before their fifth birthday.

In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1–4 years with a drowning rate of 7.54 per 100,000 population. Florida had the second highest drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1–14 years 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.

WaterSmartFL—Pool Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

The “WaterSmartFL: Pool Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility” initiative educates parents, caregivers and communities about drowning risks and prevention strategies. The campaign identifies three layers to increase pool safety and reduce childhood drowning: supervision, barriers and emergency preparedness. An on-line toolkit is available at

Explore to learn the steps you can take to secure your pool and protect Florida's children, or to download campaign materials and information.