Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

Simulation of a child drowning emergency response
Simulation of a child drowning emergency response

In recent years, our community has come together to reduce the number of drowning incidents, especially those involving infants and young children. You can help prevent drownings by familiarizing yourself with the tips on this page, by watching our videos, and by learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

1. Never leave your child unattended in or near any pool, tub or other body of water. Direct adult supervision is the best way to protect children from drowning.

2. You can prevent a water tragedy by designating a "Water Watcher" who will observe everyone in or around a body of water, without distractions, and while routinely making direct eye contact.

3. Your home should also use effective barriers, such as a pool fence with self-closing, self-latching, or other mechanisms on all gates and doors. Note that latches and locks should be out of the reach of children.

4. Knowing how to swim and teaching those old enough to do so is paramount. Additionally, understanding CPR can be critical in saving a life.