Water Safety


§        75% of submersion victims studied by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) were between 1 & 3 years old; 65 % were boys. Toddlers, in particular, often do something unexpected because their capabilities change daily.

§        One or both parents were supervising most children.

§        46% of the children were last seen in the house.

§        69% of the children were not expected to be at or near the water.

§        Barriers (fence, door alarms and safety latches) are not childproof, but they provide layers of protection.*

§        Appoint a "designated watcher" to protect children during social gatherings near the water.

§        Do not leave toys near the water, they can attract young children to the water.

§        Do not consider young children to be drown-proof because they have had swimming lessons.

§        Instruct babysitters about water hazards.


* References on Barnacle Infections: 





* Pool safety for home pools: