Children who Drown do not Scream, Splash or Struggle

They silently slip beneath the water, most often with a parent nearby

Toddlers love to splash, drizzle, pour and play in water, even if it is a toilet, dog bowl, dishwasher, sink, bucket filled with soapy water, or rain water in a container.

Toddlers are all about Me-Mine-Now. They have no fear, are very curious and are able to think of things that are out of sight or reach. They require patience & constant supervision. Toddlers can wake up unexpectedly and quickly leave a safe area without being noticed. They are quick and on the run.

Toddlers Are at a Great Risk for Drowning

The head of a toddler weighs more than the rest of their body, which makes them likely to topple over when they lean forward. They can drown in water as little as 2 inches.

Why do Toddlers Drown?

  • Lack of proper adult supervision
  • Easy access to water
  • Parents, family members do not know how to respond in an emergency
  • Parents assume barriers are working properly and effectively in place

It Can Happen to You

Many parents who lost a child to drowning never thought their child was at risk.

Do Not Multitask

Supervising a toddler means your eyes are on them and they have your full attention.

Pool time is quality time with your child or children, not a time to text or return phone calls

Have an Emergency Response Plan in Advance

Plan what steps to take and practice them:

  • remove the child from the water
  • call 9-1-1
  • begin CPR

Don’t Pass the Buck

Take ownership of your child’s safety.

Know who is watching your children.

Do not put the responsibility on siblings or older children to supervise your children.

Do not think a lifeguard will watch your children like you do; a lifeguard has to watch every swimmer. You can give your child constant, close supervision.

Be Vigilant About Doors

Create a routine for everyone in the house, even visitors, to shut and lock doors; check them frequently.

Talk to your Children
About Water Safety:

  • “Don’t go near a pool without an adult.” This is the most important water safety chat you can have with your child because it is so simple.
  • “If you see someone needing help in the water, do not go in the water after them. Run and get an adult”.
  • “If you fall in a pool, reach for the wall, hold on, do not be afraid, yell for help, and if you can, climb out.” Practice this with your child in the pool wearing a bathing suit, and also wearing clothing and shoes.