Water safety summit aims to limit the number of people who drown in New Jersey
The first-ever water safety summit was held in East Brunswick.
The group says its goal is to help communities prevent tragedies by giving them the tools and funds to keep people safe around water.
“The goal for today is to align on best practices to identify the challenges that are unique to New Jersey. And to begin the stages of developing a statewide drowning prevention action plan for all of New Jerseyans,” says Megan Ferraro, executive director of the Zac Foundation for Children's Safety.
Ferraro says the effort will give New Jersey residents the “tools and resources to reduce the rate of drownings in their community that didn't exist before.”
Ferraro says nearly 4,000 people die every year in the United States from drowning.