Drowning is Preventable
Young children are more at risk and can drown in any body of water, including a bucket, bathtub, sink, pool or spa.
|Drowning Prevention is most effective with a “layers of protection” approach:
- Never leave a child alone near water, even for a few seconds.
- A supervising adult should be close enough to touch the child under 4 years old near water.
- Keep a constant adult eye on young children of all ages.
- All collections of water are dangerous for infants and toddlers, including bathtubs, buckets, toilets, ponds, spas, swimming pools, and natural water sites.
- Swimming pools should have fences, alarms, and drains that meet regulations.
- Pool gates should be self-latching, opening outward, with the latch out-of-reach for a child.
- Keep reaching and throwing aids near a swimming pool.
- All children should wear a personal flotation device while playing near bodies of water.
- Parents and child caregivers should know how to perform rescue techniques and strategies to respond in an emergency.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first.