General Water Safety, How To Prevent Drowning

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General Water Safety

Protecting your children against drowning is not difficult. Your primary responsibility to keep them safe is simply to supervise them; whether in the pool or the bathtub. You only have to remember one thing: ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR CHILD AROUND IN AND AROUND WATER!. Put your phone down. Put your book down. Face the water instead of the sun or your friends. Give him 100% of your attention.

At home:

  • Close your bathrooms and and your laundry rooms.
  • Close your toilets and use toilet seat locks.
  • Stay with your child when they are in the bathroom.
  • Drain the tub immediately after your child’s bath.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools after use and store upside down out of your child’s reach.
  • Empty inflatable or portable pools after each use and store them upside down and out of their reach.

Swimming safety tips:

  • Teach your child to never go near or in water without an adult present.

  • Actively watch your child in or around water, even when a life guard is on duty and even if your child is a confident swimmer.
  • Stay within arm’s length of your child until he is a confident swimmer.
  • Every child is different. Enroll your child in swimming lessons when you feel he is ready.
  • Teach children that swimming in a lake or river is not the same as swimming in a pool. It may be difficult to judge the depth of the water or the strength of a current.
  • Swim only in areas designated for swimming.
  • Whether swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with a partner using the “buddy system”.
  • “Water wings” and inflatables are toys, not safety devices.
  • Learn CPR, it will give you peace of mind.
  • Watch your child for the dangerous “too's:”

- Too tired

- Too cold

- Too far from safety

- Too much sun

- Too much activity

  • How have you educated your child on water safety?

​​This is a great swimming safety resource as well: Swimming Safety: Tips and Considerations for Pools, Beaches, Hot Tubs, and More