Playing in and near the water is part of childhood. But accidental drowning can devastate a family and community.
Banner Children's wants to keep you and your family safe around the swimming pool, the lake, the ocean and other fun water spots.
Banner Children's offers the following drowning prevention tips:
- There should always be an adult as the “life guard on duty” who is close enough to touch and giving eye-to-eye supervision.
- 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 them 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 5-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 U.S. 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.
- Go feet first, first time when entering the water.
- Adults should always swim with a buddy, wear life jackets at lakes and rivers and never swim impaired.