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Drowning consistently remains the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years of age, and among the top-five leading causes for those under the age of 18 years, both in Orange County and California. Each year, near drowning incidents also result in life-long disabilities.
The Orange County Drowning Prevention Task Force was established in August 2015 to develop recommendations on methods and strategies to reduce drowning incidents and fatalities in Orange County. The task force continues to raise awareness on the issue of drowning, and remind parents and caregivers that it is preventable.
The 25-member task force includes the heads of public health, public safety, government, nonprofit, victims, swim schools, and Olympic medal-winning swimmers.
Task Force Members