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Simple Steps Save Lives

Knowledge is the foundation to help parents and caregivers make smart decisions to protect children from drowning.

01.

Close, Constant & Capable Supervision

  • Provide capable, close and constant supervision especially to toddlers who easily and quickly leave a safe, supervised area unnoticed.
  • Avoid distracting activities, such as phone use, socializing and multi-tasking when supervising children in and around water.
  • Do not overestimate your child’s swimming ability.
  • Never rely on flotation devices as a substitute for adult supervision.
  • Never assign the supervision of children in and around water to an older child.

02.

Layers of Protection

  • Install child proof locks on all interior doors.
  • Keep doors locked at all times.
  • Install alarms on access doors to pools, spas and all water environments. Do not deactivate alarms.
  • Install 4-sided isolation fencing separating the pool, lake or canal from the home and from all access doors and entrances.
  • Leave the barrier in place at all times.
  • Gates should be 5 feet tall and self-closing and self-latching.

03.

Be Aware of Risks

  • Residential pools: in-ground, above ground or wading pools.
  • Buckets, ice chests and other containers that can accumulate water.
  • Ornamental garden ponds.
  • Lakes, canals, retention ponds.
  • Water of any type – just a few inches, deep enough to cover the mouth and nose of a child.

04.

And if All Else Fails, Be Prepared

  • Learn CPR with rescue breaths, make sure anyone that is likely to supervise your child also learns CPR.
  • Enroll your child in swim lessons.
  • When a child is missing, immediately and quickly check all areas with water first.
  • Remove the child from the water, yell for help to call 9-1-1 as you begin to administer CPR with rescue breaths.

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