WATER SAFETY TIPS AT HOME

Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe around water.

Actively Supervise Kids in or Around Water

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    Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
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    Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.

Remove Water from Tubs and Buckets After Use

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    Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
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    Empty buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.

Close Lids and Doors

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    Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
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    Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.

Backyard Pools

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    Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
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    When children are swimming and there are several adults present, make sure kids are actively supervised at all times by choosing a Water Watcher. A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the water without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision. Download a Water Watcher card here.
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    Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
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    Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
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    Make sure kids learn how to swim and develop these five water survival skills:

    1: step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface;

    2: float or tread water for one minute;

    3: turn around in a full circle and find an exit

    4: swim 25 yards to exit the water; and

    5: exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

Learn CPR

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    Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.