Water safety for kids and the family

Water safety at home

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Lifejackets and Boats

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Pools and Spas

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Water safety tips

  • Actively supervise children in and around any body of water, giving them your undivided attention.
  • The home has many hidden hazards for children: pools, spas and bathtubs, toilets and buckets.
  • Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.
  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons – it is an important skill for both children and adults to know.
  • Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: they need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  • Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.
  • Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.
  • Learn infant and child CPR and keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency.

Signs of drowning

  • Silence
  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes are glassy, unable to focus, or closed
  • Upright in water, not using legs
  • Gasping
  • Trying to roll over on the back

This information came from the American Academy of Pediatrics.