Water Safety

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Water means FUN and cool relief from hot weather! 

Water can provide hours of enjoyment and exercise for children, however, water can be dangerous too.  Curious children, especially those younger than 4 years old, can easily find and fall into water in pools, tubs and buckets.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 1- 4.  Young children can drown in less than 2 inches (6 cm) of water.  That means that drowning can happen where you least expect it – the sink, the toilet, fountains, buckets, wading pools, a fish pond, or even a ditch filled with water.

Keep your child safe:

  • Always stay close to your child when he or she is in or near the bathtub, toilet, pool, lake or even a bucket of water.
  • Check the water temperature with your wrist or elbow to make sure it is not too hot or too cold.  
  • When bath time is over, drain the tub right away. 
  • Empty all buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside-down. 
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. 
  • After you are finished playing, remove all toys from wading pools and water play areas.  Curious children can fall into water while trying to reach a toy.

All children need to be supervised in the water, whether they know how to swim or not.  

Help your child explore!  Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are interested in the world around them.  Give them a chance to explore and learn in a safe environment.  Little ones can get into mischief faster than you can imagine! Children want to touch, feel and taste the things around them.  Guide your child’s choices. 

Comfort your child– Stay close by and reassure your child that you will keep him or her safe. 

 

Play with your child– Follow your child’s lead.  Try putting different types of toys in the water and see what ideas your child comes up with.  Watch how water drips, pours and trickles.  Enjoy the feeling of playing with water!

 

Teach your child– Talk about staying safe in the water.  Teach children to stay within arm’s reach.

 

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