SAFETY CHECKLIST: Water Safety/ Drowning Prevention
• Never leave a child unsupervised in or around water in the home. Empty all sinks, tubs and buckets immediately after use. Store all containers upside down and out of reach.
• Do not rely on a bath support ring to keep a baby safe in the tub without adult supervision.
• Never leave a child unsupervised in or around a swimming pool or spa, even for a moment. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone. All wading and inflatable pools should be emptied of water when not in use.
• Teach children to practice safe water habits. They should always wade into water first before diving or jumping to avoid hitting their heads on a shallow bottom. Children should not push or jump on others in the water.
• Children should never swim alone.
• Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds. Older children are at risk of drowning when they overestimate their swimming ability.
• Make sure children are swimming in designated areas in oceans, lakes and rivers. Look for clear water with little or no current and check the depth of the water before swimming or diving.
• Children over age 3 should learn to swim from qualified instructors but caregivers should keep in mind that lessons do not make children “drown-proof.” Never rely on a life jacket/personal flotation device (PFD) or swimming lessons to protect a kid.
• Adults and children over age 13 should learn infant and child CPR.
• Children should not dive in water unless an adult is present and knows that the water is more than nine feet deep.
• Adults should not rely on pool covers or alarms to prevent children from drowning. Also, water must be kept from collecting on the surface of pool covers.
• Children and adults should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket/personal flotation device (PFD) when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Air-filled swimming aids, such as “water wings,” are not considered safety devices and are not substitutes for life jackets/personal flotation devices (PFDs).
- The American Red Cross is a good resource. http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/tips/healthtips/safetywater.html
- The Girl Scouts of America discuss safety tips and activities for being around water. http://www.girlscouts.org/adults/links_resources/health_safety.html
Making simple changes around the home and watching children carefully are the keys to keeping young children safe from drowning.
In the house:
- Always stay with host child at bath time.
- There is a non-slip mat in the bath or shower to stop slipping.
- Keep the toilet lid shut.
- Keep the plug for the bath out of reach of children.
- Make sure large water containers are out of reach of children.
- The host family’s pool has a fence around it.
- Check for water hazards around the house. (eg. drainage on section after rain, paddling pool emptied when not in use).
- Always be aware of water hazards in the neighborhood. (e.g. neighbors’ pools, rivers, streams, and drains)
- The host children have a safe, fenced area to play in outside.
Monday, 4 June 2018 1:43 AM