Close, Constant & Capable Supervision
- Provide capable, close and constant supervision especially to toddlers who easily and quickly leave a safe, supervised area unnoticed.
- Avoid distracting activities, such as phone use, socializing and multi-tasking when supervising children in and around water.
- Do not overestimate your child’s swimming ability.
- Never rely on flotation devices as a substitute for adult supervision.
- Never assign the supervision of children in and around water to an older child.
Layers of Protection
- Install child proof locks on all interior doors.
- Keep doors locked at all times.
- Install alarms on access doors to pools, spas and all water environments. Do not deactivate alarms.
- Install 4-sided isolation fencing separating the pool, lake or canal from the home and from all access doors and entrances.
- Leave the barrier in place at all times,
- Gates should be 5 feet tall and self-closing and self-latching.
Be Aware of the Risks
- Residential pools: in-ground, above ground or wading pools.
- Buckets, ice chests and other containers that can accumulate water.
- Ornamental garden ponds.
- Lakes, canals, retention ponds.
- Water of any type – just a few inches, deep enough to cover the mouth and nose of a child
And if All Else Fails, Be Prepared
- Learn CPR with rescue breaths, make sure anyone that is likely to supervise your child also learns CPR.
- Enroll your child in swim lessons
- When a child is missing, immediately and quickly check all areas with water first.
- Remove the child from the water, yell for help to call 9-1-1 as you begin to administer CPR with rescue breaths.
Most parents that experience a child drowning say “I never thought it could happen to my child.“
Parents should say “I know this can happen to my child, and I need to do everything to make sure it does not.“
Watch Your Kids, You’ll Be Glad You Did!