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Health Information For Parents
Water safety isn’t just about keeping kids safe in the pool. Bathroom water safety is also important. And things you might not think about — like catchment ponds, drainage ditches and runoff areas in your neighborhood — can be a hazard.
In the U.S.:
How kids drown varies by age:
So it’s important for parents to know about how to protect kids, avoid risks, and respond in an emergency.
Supervision is rule #1. Kids must be watched whenever they’re around water. This is true whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, an ocean, or a lake.
Young children are especially at risk. They can drown in less than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water. That means drowning can happen in a sink, toilet bowl, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater.
Always watch children closely when they’re in or near any water, no matter what their swimming skills. Even kids who know how to swim can be at risk for drowning. For instance, a child could slip and fall on the pool deck, lose consciousness, and fall into the pool and possibly drown.
Young kids and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within arm’s reach to provide “touch supervision.”
Swimming lessons. Swimming lessons are an important part of water safety. Kids can start taking them at age 1. Younger kids often begin with water survival skills training (like learning how to roll onto their back and float). Along with swimming lessons, this training can reduce the risk of drowning in kids ages 1–4. Kids and parents often can take these classes together. Check local recreation centers for classes taught by a qualified instructor. If you don’t know how to swim, consider taking lessons.
You also can search online for classes:
Learn more about how to keep your kids safe in and on the water — whether they’re in the bathtub, on a boat, in your backyard pool, or out and about.
If a child is missing, always check the pool or other body of water first. Survival depends on a quick rescue and restarting breathing as soon as possible:
Swimming in an open body of water (like a river, lake, or ocean) is different from swimming in a pool. Here are some tips based on the type of water.
Having a pool, pond, spa, or hot tub on your property is a huge responsibility when it comes to safety. Hereâs how can you keep kids â yours and others â safe.
Use these checklists to make a safety check of your home, including your backyard and pool area. You should answer “yes” to all of these questions.
Always supervise young kids in the bath to keep them safe. Here are other bathroom water safety tips.
Frolicking in the ocean is a summertime rite of passage, but a jellyfish sting can spoil the fun. Here’s how to handle it if someone in your family gets zapped by one of these mysterious sea creatures.
Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.
Water safety is important at any age, but especially if you have babies or toddlers. Here’s how to reduce drowning risks.
Want to avoid summer hazards so you can focus on the fun? This center offers tips for teens.
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Swimming and other water sports are a great way to beat the heat. Read this article to find out how you can stay safe at the pool, beach, lake – and even the water park.
Kids love to spend hot days splashing around in a pool or the ocean. But drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. Learn how to be safe.
Keep the fun in summer by keeping your child safe in the sun, the water, and the great outdoors.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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