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Water Safety

Think Prevention!  Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning. And most drowning occurs in home swimming pools. It is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. Kids need constant supervision around water — whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, the beach, or a lake.

What to Do:

  • Teach your child how to swim.
  • Even if your child knows how to swim, always watch children closely when they are in or near water. This means ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans, and pools. It also means spas, toilets and bathtubs.
  • Don’t let your child swim in an area with strong moving currents in the water.
  • When you are in a boat, you and your child should wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • If you have a pool, there should be a 4-foot fence around it.
  • Be ready for an emergency by learning CPR. Always keep a telephone and emergency numbers with you.