Keeping Children Safe Around Water

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At Home

  • Always stay right beside children in or near bathtubs, toilets, & buckets.
  • Do not put other children in charge during bathtime.
  • Drain the tub immediately after use.
  • Keep toilet seats closed.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.

In Pools & Hot Tubs

  • Teach children to always be with an adult when they are near or in water.
  • Enclose private pools with four-sided fencing & install self-closing, self-latching gates.
  • Cover and lock hot tubs when not in use.
  • Warn children about drain entanglement and entrapment. Teach children not to play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
  • Be aware that flat drain grates and single main drain systems are dangerous. Protect drains with certified anti-entrapment drain covers.
  • Install a safety vacuum release system.
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Around Open Water

  • Give children undivided attention in and around open bodies of water.
  • Take turns with other adults to be a designated “water watcher.”
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is different than in a pool.
  • Inform children about uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow, and changing weather.
  • Learn infant and child CPR.
  • Keep a phone nearby for emergencies.
  • Have children wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for boating and water sports, even swimming.
  • Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Chin and ears
    should not slip through neck opening.

Source: Safe Kids USA’s website