Children under the age of one year most often drown inside the house, while older children most often drown outdoors. Outdoors, children most often drown in pools, especially backyard and apartment pools. Most young children who drown in pools were out of sight less than five minutes and were in the care of one or both parents at the time. Indoors, the bathtub is the most dangerous location.
Basic Water Safety Tips
Inside the house:
• Never leave small children alone near any container of water.
• Keep bathroom doors closed and secure toilet lids with lid locks.
• Never leave a baby alone in a bath for any reason. Get what you need before running water, and take the child with you if you must leave the room.
• Warn babysitters or caregivers about the dangers of water and emphasize the need to constantly supervise young children.
• Make sure small children cannot leave the house through pet doors or unlocked doors to reach pools or hot tubs.
Outside the house:
• Never leave children alone around water whether it is in a pool, wading pool, drainage ditch, creek, pond, or lake.
• Constantly watch children who are swimming or playing in water. They need an adult or certified lifeguard watching and within reach.
• Secure access to swimming pools with fences, self-closing and latching gates, and water surface alarms.
• Completely remove the pool cover when the pool is in use.
• Store and secure water toys away from the water when not in use, so they don’t attract a small child.
• Don’t assume young children will use good judgment around water.
• Be ready for emergencies. Keep emergency telephone numbers handy and learn CPR.
• Find out if your child’s friends or neighbors have pools.
For more statistics and information on water safety for kids, visit WatchKidsAroundWater.org.