How to Prevent Drowning (Source: JudahBrownProject.org)
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. No child is ever “drown proof.” However, you can significantly reduce the risk by using the following layers of protection:
- Effective Supervision – Get in the pool with your child, even if they have a flotation device. If a child is ever missing, look in the water first.
- Segmented Supervision – Designate a ‘Water Watcher’ who is responsible for keeping their eyes on all children who are in the water. Make sure everyone knows who is on duty.
- Pool Fence – Ensure your pool has a four-sided fence at least five feet tall with a self-locking gate. Make sure the fence is at least 3-5 feet from the pool deck. Remove all furniture that could be used to climb over the fence.
- Window & Door Alarms – Make sure all windows and doors leading to the pool are locked and alarmed at all times. Remember, doggie doors can lead to unintended access to your pool.
- Pool Alarm – Make sure you have a warning system installed to alert you if anyone goes into the water.
- Survival Swimming Lessons – This training is crucial for children to have in the event of an aquatic emergency.
- CPR Certification – Become CPR certified and update these skills annually.