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For Parents: Water Safety

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Keep your child safe near all water. This includes oceans, lakes, rivers, pools, and hot tubs. Even if it’s just a sink, a toilet, or a bucket, the risk is still real. A child can drown in as little as an inch of water. Follow these tips to keep your child safe.

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Teach Water Safety

Your child needs to know about water safety. Take the time to discuss the following:

  • Never run around the pool area.

  • Dive only when and where it’s posted. Never dive into the water if the rules forbid it or if the water is shallow.

  • Don’t rely on inflatable toys to keep you safely afloat. An adult should always watch you swim.

  • Listen to the adults in charge. Always follow the rules when you’re in a pool, on a boat, or around water of any kind.

Create a Safe Pool Area

Even a child who has had swimming lessons needs supervision near a pool. And when the pool area isn’t in use, keep it fenced, locked, and off-limits.

Avoid Hazards

Keep a lookout for the following:

  • Sinks, washbasins, and bathtubs. Always watch your child at bath time. Keep electrical appliances, such as hair dryers, away from water.

  • Toilets. Toddlers are curious, and can easily fall into a toilet. Keep the bathroom door closed and latch the toilet seat when not in use.

  • Buckets and spilled water. Empty dishpans and buckets when not in use. Drain or mop up spilled water to prevent slips.

 

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