Water Safety Tips

January 01, 2017

Water Safety

Keep your family safe around water this summer.

  • Always supervise children near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
  • Always wear a life jacket in open water.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
  • Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
  • Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
  • Empty water in buckets or wading pools when you are done.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
  • Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
  • Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
  • Pools should be fenced in (at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate.) Gates should open away from the pool and should never be propped open.

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Categories: Public Health, Pediatrics