Keeping Children Water Safe

Did you know:

  • Young children need constant eye-to-eye supervision at all times.
  • When a group gets together, many times, supervision gets focused elsewhere and not on the children. The common mistake is thinking someone else is watching the children.
  • Pool fences and locked doors act as a second line of defense in case you lose sight of your child.
  • Pool gates or doors can often be left open by individuals not used to caring for small children. Make sure they are closed and locked at all times.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub/sink. Drain it immediately.
  • Toddlers are top-heavy. Never leave a child near a wading pool, bucket, or toilet. Empty them immediately after use and secure toilet lids.

Remember the ABC’s of Water Safety:

A – Adult Supervision: Use eye-to-eye contact at all times around all bodies of water.

B – Barriers: Block all openings and doorways that lead to pool areas, including doggie doors.

C – Classes: Enroll children in swimming lessons at appropriate ages. All caregivers should learn CPR

COMMON MYTHS

MYTH: “We don’t have a pool, so my children/grandchildren won’t drown.”

FACT: Kids can drown in bathtubs, toilets, buckets, wading pools, or at a neighbor’s pool. It only takes one inch of water for a drowning to occur.

MYTH: “I’ll hear if my child gets in trouble in the water.”

FACT: Drowning is silent. Children will not cry, call for you, or splash.

MYTH: “Drowning takes a long time.”

FACT: It only takes a few seconds for a child to lose consciousness, turn blue and require CPR. Nearly all who require CPR will die or will be left with severe brain injury.

MYTH: “My child is safe in the pool, I make her wear floaties when she is in the water.”

FACT: Many toys are sold to look like safety devices, floaties are one of them. Read all the descriptions carefully and only secure your child in a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest.