Water Safety

Drowning usually happens quickly and silently, often when there has been a brief lapse in supervision. When a group of adults are together with a group of children in the water, everyone can be watching but no 1 is watching.” There can be 1 designated water watcher among the adults so supervision is constant. After several minutes, another adult can take a turn watching so adults all have a turn to socialize.
  • Children younger than age 5 are at greatest risk for drowning.
  • Any standing water can be dangerous.
  • Around 1/3 of home drownings happen in the bathtub while most of the rest of home drownings are in backyard pools.
Basic Prevention Rules
  • Never leave children alone near water- not even for a moment.
  • Stay close enough to reach out and touch them.
  • Teach kids water safety rules.
  • Consider taking a CPR course.
  • Know that small children can drown in just an inch or 2 of water.
  • Don’t trust swimming lessons and bathtub rings to keep children safe in pools and bathtubs.
  • Empty all water from buckets, wading pools, diaper pails, tubs, etc. when finished using them.
  • Keep toilet lids down and locked and / or bathroom and utility room doors closed.

Swimming & Pool Safety
  • Never swim alone.
  • Even adults should swim with a buddy.
  • Swim only in designated and supervised swimming areas.
  • Keep a cordless telephone nearby for emergency use.
  • Pools should be surrounded by a high fence or wall on all sides of the pool.
  • The locking gate should close and latch by itself.
  • Never prop open the gate.
  • Use a pool cover, pool alarm or gate alarm.
  • If your child visits a home to swim, be aware of safety conditions.
  • Do not dive into a pool less than 9 feet deep or into a river, ocean or lake of unknown depth.
  • Do not swim under a diving board.
  • Teach kids to stay away from drains in pools and hot tubs.
  • Know that water wings and inner tubes are not substitutes for life jackets.
  • Wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket around open bodies of water, in boats and when doing water sports.
  • Children 16 and under should not drive jet skies.