The Texas Department of Family & Protective Services tracks fatal drownings of children, age 17 and younger, in Texas. Sadly, in 2016 there were 107 fatal drownings, up 43% from the previous year. So far in 2017, there have been at least 74 fatal drownings. It is estimated that are 6-7 times more non-fatal drownings than fatal drownings.
Drowning is fast and silent. No-one is drownproof, but drowning is preventable. Please view our Water Safety Tips to help keep you and your family safer around water throughout the year.
Visiting a lake in Central Texas? See the map below to find out if you will be near a life jacket loaner station. These stations provide lake visitors with US Coast Guard approved life jackets that can be used for the duration of their trip. Remember to wear a life jacket in open water, including docks. For more information about life jackets, visit our Water Safety Hub.