Actively Supervise Kids in or Around Water
- Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
Remove Water from Tubs and Buckets After Use
- Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
- Empty buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don't collect water.
Close Lids and Doors
- Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
- Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
- When children are swimming and there are several adults present, make sure kids are actively supervised at all times by choosing a Water Watcher. A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the water without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision. Download a Water Watcher card here.
- Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
- Make sure kids learn how to swim and develop these five water survival skills:
- step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface;
- float or tread water for one minute;
- turn around in a full circle and find an exit
- swim 25 yards to exit the water; and
- exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.
- Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.