Practicing water safety starts at home

Practicing water safety starts at home

Accidental drowning can be avoided

One of the leading causes of death for young children is preventable. Drowning accounts for the most injury deaths of children ages one to four. Swimming pools are the main place where young children drown, followed by bathtubs. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Never leave young children alone near any water.
  • Keep a young child within arm's reach in a bathtub.
  • After using a bucket, always drain it and store away from young children.
  • Keep bathroom doors closed or place locks on toilet seat covers in case a young child wanders into the bathroom.
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It can save a life.
  • Give your children life jackets when they are near or in water, such as lakes or the ocean. Don’t use toys as a substitute.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing, or while watching children.
  • If you don’t know how to swim, learn.
  • Never swim alone.

Swimming pools can be great backyard fun. To help keep children safe, make sure that you have a four-foot, four-sided fence with self-closing and self-latching gates. Pool fences should separate the house and play area from the pool.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission