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City of Orono, Minnesota
The Lakeshore City


Enjoying activities near any water body can increase the risk of drowning.  Review these facts and tips to be better prepared to enjoy lake activities.


Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death (after car accidents) for children younger than 14 years.  It's the number-one cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children 1 to 4 years of age.
Over 1,500 children and teens die every year in the U.S. from drowning.
Drowning can occur in as little as 2-5 minutes after your head goes under the water.

What Happens:

People drown when too much water gets into their lungs.  When that happens, the lungs can't carry enough oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body.


Learn to swim.  It may help save your life.

Never swim alone.

Watch out for weeds and grass, which can trap even a good swimmer.

When boating, always wear a life jacket.

Don't swim close to piers.

Stay away from lowhead dams.  They have claimed the lives of almost 40 Minnesotans in the last twenty years.

Drowning prevention in three steps:



Consistent use of flotation devices


і Seattle Children's Website, "Seattle Children's" Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Information, Myths & Facts about Water Safety,

і Kids Health Website, "Kids Health" Staying Safe While in the Water.


City of Orono, 2750 Kelley Parkway, Orono, MN 55356 - Main (952) 249-4600 - Fax (952) 249-4616