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Sheriff Gerald Couch's

2017 ADVANCE Water Safety Outreach Program.


​​In 18 states, drowning ranks as the leading cause of accidental death among young children. Nationally it ranks second. Each year, an additional 4,200 children are treated for submersion injuries at emergency rooms throughout the country. For every child who drowns, another five are hospitalized and another 16 are treated for submersion injuries. More than 75% of victims had been missing for less than five minutes. More than half of all drowning tragedies occur during the summer months. Pool safety is important in the prevention of tragedies. Build layers of defense around the pool. Children under four are most likely to drown in swimming pools (44%). Submersion incidents usually happen in a pool owned by the child’s family (65%) or by friends or relatives (33%).

A reported 55% of children under 14 who drowned in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets. 85% of all boating-related drowning could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing a life jacket. Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) around oceans, rivers, lakes or when participating in water sports. Recreational boats must carry one appropriately sized PFD for each person on board.

The ADVANCE Officers are available to provide instruction on Water Safety to your school, Pre-K program, Church Program, or other special program.  We offer Water Safety instruction for both adults and parents and our programs are free of charge.