Drowning Prevention Tips
There is no immunization for drowning, it’s a silent killer. Drowning is the leading cause of death for Arizona’s children from ages 1-5 and yearly there are twice as many adult drownings. The good news is drowning is preventable.
Banner Children's offers the following drowning prevention tips:
- There should always be an adult as the “life guard on duty” giving eye to eye supervision and close enough to touch.
- Never leave a child alone while in the bathtub, not even for a second.
- Make sure the entire family knows how to swim. Start swimming lessons at a young age.
- Empty buckets and other containers and store upside down. It only takes a few inches of water for children to drown.
- Close and lock toilet lids.
- Learn and practice CPR and take refresher courses every other year.
- Keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.
- Surround pools and spas with a five-foot high fence with a self closing and self-latching gate.
- Canals are dangerous attraction for children! Don’t let your children play around canals.
- Wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket when boating, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports.
- Water wings, floaties and air-filled toys are not lifesaving devices. Life jackets should be worn in the pool instead.
- Feet first, first time when diving into water.
- Adults always swim with a buddy, wear life jackets at lakes and rivers, never swim impaired.