Water Safety

 Water recreation can provide enjoyment and exercise for children, but water and children can also be a deadly mix when an unsafe environment, inadequate supervision, or improperly used safety gear is present.  Drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related deaths among children ages 1 to 14.  Children should never be left alone while in or around water even if he/she knows how to swim or the water isn’t very deep.

 Safety Tips

In the bathroom

  • Keep the doors to bathrooms and the laundry room closed especially if you have toddlers.
  • Never leave a child alone in the bathtub. 
  • Keep toilet lids shut and use toilet locks if you have small children. 

In the pool or around a body of water 

  • Do not allow children to swim without adult supervision.
  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons and teach your child how to tread water and float. 
  • Install four-sided fencing, at least five feet high, equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, around a home pool, hot tub, or spa.
  • Learn CPR
  • Keep a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.

In open water

  • Children should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket around oceans, rivers, or lakes when participating in water sports.
  • Teach children to swim near shore or the boat. 

Content Sources Kids Health.org- Water Safety and  Safe Kids – Drowning Prevention

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