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
- 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
- Trying to roll over on the back
This information came from the American Academy of Pediatrics.