Accidental Drowning Drowning Prevention Tips
- Never leave a child unsupervised in or around water in the home. Empty all containers immediately after use and store out of reach.
- Never leave a child unsupervised in or around a swimming pool or spa, even for a moment. Never rely on a PFD or swimming lessons to protect a child. Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.
- Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high and equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, around a home pool or spa. Fencing should completely surround swimming pools or spas and prevent direct access from a house or yard. Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier or leave toys in and around the pool.
- Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Air-filled swimming aids, such as “water wings,” are not considered safety devices and are not substitutes for PFDs.
- Never dive into water less than nine feet deep.
- Children ages 14 and under should never operate a personal watercraft.
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first — there’s no time to spare.
- Enroll your kids in swimming lessons taught by a certified instructor, but don’t assume swimming lessons make your child “drownproof.” There is no substitute for active supervision.
* Prevention Tips provided by Safe Kids USA.