Water can be fun for children to play with, but it can also be deadly. Consider these water safety tips for pools, natural bodies of water and household hazards.
Most children are drawn to water. It's sparkly, things float in it and it's fun to splash. Water safety is no laughing matter. Anyone can have a water-related accident - even children who know how to swim. To keep your children safe in and near the water, follow these guidelines.
General Water Safety
Residential Swimming Pools and Spas
To Ensure water safety in a home pool or spa:
As you can see in the following video, it is important to utilize these safety measures as they are meant to be used. If you put up a fence, it is important to make sure that the fence is latched. Most importantly, when your child is near the pool, make sure someone is focused on un-distractedly watching your child's activity.
If you have a pool or hot tub, follow all local safety ordinances.
Natural Bodies of Water
Swimming conditions can be unpredictable in ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans. Water depth can change rapidly, as can water temperature, currents and the weather. Murky water might conceal hazards. Follow these water safety tips:
Toilets, Bathtubs and Buckets
A baby can drown in just 1 inch of water. A curious toddler can fall into a toilet, bucket or fish tank. Consider these precautions: