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Water Safety For Kids

Water Safety For Kids
Water Safety For Kids

We all know swimming & many other water related sports are a great way to have fun & also beat the summer heat! Kids need constant supervision around the water. It is important to make water safety a priority to protect our children when participating in and around water activities. According to the Center for disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages. For toddlers (children ages 1 to 4 years), swimming pools pose the greatest risk of submersion injury.

Preventing Drowning And Non-Fatal Submersion.

Parents and families can build on their current safety systems at pools and spas by adopting additional water safety steps. Adding as many proven water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience, because you can never know which one might save a child’s life—until it does.

Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency

Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Portable Pools
Fence Them! Cover Them! Put Them Away!Portable Pools Brochure

This tip card provides tips to consumers and anyone concerned about the increasing number of portable pools and how easily they can sometimes be accessed by small children.

How to Choose the Right Life JacketPortable Pools Brochure

From The U.S. Coast Guard, everything you need to know about choosing the correct life jacket for your child.

Games And Activities

Watch the Adventures of
Splish & Splash (online)Adventures of Splish & Splash

From PoolSafely watch the Adventures of Splish & Splash (interactive)

CDC Color Me SafeColor Me Safe

From CDC coloring book about The Safe Family.

  • Water Safety Activity Booklet  (PDF)
    From Seattle Children’s Hospital, this booklet introduces elementary school-age children to water safety concepts through puzzles, connect the dots, word scrambles. (6 pages)
  • Coloring Sheet (PDF)
    From Seattle Children’s Hospital, color a duck in a life jacket.

 

Podcasts

Watch the Adventures of
Splish & Splash

josh the otter

pool safely

jabari of the water

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