Kids Don’t Float

This article focuses on adapting the public health approach to develop, test, and evaluate potential recreational boating safety interventions. The Kids Don’t Float program began in 1996 in the coastal town of Homer, Alaska, in response to a high level of childhood drownings in Alaska. A local fire chief came up with the idea after attending an injury prevention conference, the “Children Can’t Fly” campaign, a highly successful injury prevention program created in response to deaths from window falls in New York City. The Kids Don’t Float program began with a handful of life jacket loaner stations in communities around Kachemak Bay and is now statewide. With 624 life jacket loaner stations in place in Alaska, the program is one of the best examples of what a successful injury prevention program looks like. The program is also in use in other parts of the country.


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  • Accession Number: 01633018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2017 10:40AM