Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four.
Young children drown quickly and silently in as little as one inch of water. For every child who drowns, five more need emergency medical care for injuries that can result in life changing brain damage. The good news is that drowning tragedies can be prevented by constantly supervising children at all times when they are near water.
For more water safety tips, including a coloring book you can share with your kids, click here.
Read Governor Rauner's Proclamation.
Read the press release.
You may also print out and share the NEW poster and listen to the Public Service Announcement.