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Drowning Prevention

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury death among children. Drowning is often swift, silent and occurs in as little as 30 seconds. In addition to adult supervision, life jackets are an important measure all Spokane County residents can take to prevent drowning – on lakes, rivers and in swimming pools.

The Inland Northwest Drowning Prevention Coalition 

As recent news reports make clear, swimming and floating in open waters, especially on the Spokane River at higher stream flows, can be hazardous, especially for inexperienced swimmers who don’t use life jackets.

The Inland Northwest Drowning Prevention Coalition, which includes several local rescue organizations and other vested agencies, are joining efforts with a common safety message—preventing future drownings is as simple as residents putting on their life jackets. It is a precaution that is as easy as buckling a seat belt while in a vehicle.

Central to this campaign is a new 45 second PSA emphasizing drowning prevention messages locally.

Members of the coalition include:

For more information about the coalition, call 324-1560, ext. 4.

Get Your Free Child Watcher Tag & Whistle and Discounted Life Jackets:

A great tool to help adults supervise children in and around water. Designated Child Watcher Tag & Whistle (pdf) Pick one up at Spokane Regional Health District (rm 402) or any of the following locations:

 Pool World:
  • Central Spokane, 5701 E. Sprague
  • N. Spokane, 9111 N. Country Homes Blvd.
  • Spokane Valley, 13524 E. Sprague Ave.
  • Coeur d'Alene, 235 W Sunset

Big 5 Sporting Goods:

  • 25% off the regular price of any life jacket in stock
  • Offer good April 1, 2014 - Sept 30, 2014
  • Good at all Washington and North Idaho Big 5 Sporting Goods for one-time purchase only.
  • See coupon for more details





Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Web Sites:

   Just for Kids!  Adventures of Splish & Splash

Printable Materials:

Local Swimming Lessons:

Pool Fencing Requirements:





Pool Safe Campaign

Swimming is fun and healthy. Let's keep it that way.

For simple tips and solutions to ensure safety and good health while playing in pools,
check out the Pool Safe campaign.

Life Jacket Info




Life Jacket & Boating Laws:


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February 7, 2016