Prevent Drowning

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.