The state’s water-safety initiative, SPLASH, aims to greatly reduce the number of water-related deaths and injuries.
SPLASH encourages citizens to follow these tips when enjoying beaches, pools, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water:
- Supervision – Designate an adult to watch children at all times. Do not assume someone else is watching.
- Prevention – Wear personal flotation devices (PFD or life jacket), install fencing around pools, and use drain covers in hot tubs and pools.
- Life jackets save lives – Wear them and be sure your children do.
- Arm’s Length – Adults should be arm’s length to children in water, and safety tools such as hooks should be nearby at all times.
- Swim Lessons – Knowing how to swim greatly reduces the chance of drowning. Classes are often available through the Red Cross or YMCA.
- Have a Water Safety Plan – Know what to do during a water emergency.
The campaign includes bilingual brochures, boat checks by law enforcement officers, public service announcements and videos, and social media messaging. The DNR is in the process of adding “loaner boards” with PFDs at public boat ramps and swimming areas, and these locations are being added to the Georgia Outdoors app as they are put into service.
Files in the SPLASH Toolkit may be downloaded or viewed by anyone wishing to present water safety information to a group or class of any age. The goal of this initiative is to save lives. That is accomplished by getting the safety information to the masses. We do ask that if you use the material, let DNR know by clicking SPLASH GA Facebook page and making a comment on the page.