How to prevent drowning and keep your child safe around water
- NEVER leave your child in or near any water unattended.
- Keep constant VISUAL supervision in all water within arms reach of your child at all times.
- At a party? Be certain only qualified and undistracted adults are entrusted with supervising children in water. Never assume someone is supervising.
- Pool at home? Fence it off and install an alarm.
- Always empty inflatable/plastic pools, buckets, pails and bathtubs after each use.
- Warn children to never swim or explore any water without supervision. And make sure they understand that bathtubs, pools, oceans and lakes are all different.
- Teach children to swim at a early age but don’t get a false sense of security.
- Classes are often offered to parents and children as young as 6 months old. It can be a fun bonding experience and get your child used to water. However, children can not truly learn to swim until at least 3 or 4 years old. Even after lessons it still is not safe for children to swim without direct visual observation within arms reach.