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A child can drown in just a few inches of water within seconds – often without any splashing or screaming.

Prevent a tragedy before it happens.


Get tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about reducing your risk of drowning.

Keep your kids safe around water by following these simple guidelines:
  • Never leave a child unattended around water.
  • Teach your child to swim at an early age – always have an ADULT supervising.
  • Flotation devices or inflatable toys are not substitutes for supervision.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and supervision of children near water.
  • Enclose pools completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence, and don’t leave furniture around that children can use to climb over the fence.
  • Never leave toys in the pool – children may be tempted to reach for them later.
  • Be sure that the adult watching your child knows how to swim, get emergency help and perform CPR.
  • Keep rescue equipment (such as life preserver or shepherd’s hook) and a telephone near the pool.
  • Be sure to remove pool covers completely to reduce the risk of children getting caught underneath.
  • Always drain and store in an upright position all plastic or blow-up wading pools after use.
  • Secure the pool so that children cannot get back in after they are finished swimming.