- Never swim
alone, use the buddy system and flotation devices.
- Never leave
children near the water unattended.
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
- Keep a
flotation device handy that you can throw to someone in trouble.
- Learn CPR.
Babysitters and other caretakers, such as grandparents and older siblings,
should also know CPR.
- Have a dog
ramp. Tragically, every year several dogs fall into our waterways
and drown. If you have a dog please build a dog ramp.
- Heavy rains my
pollute the waterways don’t swim in the waterways for several days after a
cold water can "freeze" the muscles in your body and cause even
good swimmers to go down. Toddlers & infants especially go
straight to the bottom. It is nearly impossible to find someone
under water at night in cold, cloudy water in time to save their life.
along the bulkhead and pilings are very sharp and can cut like a
razor. Cuts from barnacles can cause severe infection, some life
References on Barnacle Infections:
safety for home pools: