Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in California for children under the age of 5 and the second leading cause of death in children under 14. Small children often "drown without a sound," even when adults are present. It's often assumed that "someone" is watching the pool.

The Encinitas Fire Department is dedicated to increasing public awareness to prevent these unnecessary accidents. We encourage you to appoint a responsible adult "Water Watcher" to supervise children during pool and spa activities.

To help parents and care givers, free pool safety kits are available at all Encinitas Fire Stations and City Hall. Each kit includes educational materials and lanyards for Water Watchers to wear while supervising children at pools and spas. When you need to take a break, pass the lanyard on to another responsible adult.