Pay attention. While your child is in or near water, actively supervise. This means that children under 5 should be within an arm’s length of an adult. Older children also need supervision; take turns being the adult responsible for supervision.
Think ahead. Teach children the pool is off-limits without direct adult supervision. Empty paddling or wading pools when they are not being used.
Be prepared. Young children (under 3 years old) can drown in less than 2 inches of water and are not able to understand the dangers of water. Never leave a child unattended while in the bath or alone in a yard with a pool or hot tub.
Make your home safe. Add a 4 foot high fence around your pool. Don’t leave items (chair, table, play equipment) near the fence as a child could use it to climb over the fence. Drain the water after a bath. Leave toilet seats down when they are not in use. Cover rain barrels and hot tubs.
Teach safety skills. Enroll your child in swimming lessons and make sure he/she is comfortable and skilled in and around water. Teach children to tread water, swim with a buddy, and not enter water without an adult nearby.
Set a good example. Wear a lifejacket. Take a boat safety course.
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