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  • Water Safety

    Safety Tips:

    • Never leave a child alone near water: on the beach, at a pool or in the bathtub. If you must leave, take your child with you.
    • Kids don't drown only in pools. Bathtubs, hot tubs, toilets and buckets of water present drowning dangers as well.
    • Always follow posted safety precautions when visiting water parks.
    • If you're visiting a public pool, keep an eye on your kids.
    • Teach your children these four key swimming rules:
      • Always swim with a buddy
      • Don't dive into unknown bodies of water – jump feet first to avoid hitting your head on a shallow bottom
      • Don't push or jump on others
      • Be prepared for an emergency

    Enroll children older than age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. But keep in mind that lessons don't make your child “drown-proof.”

  • ​Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1–4 (Injury Facts 2014). Most drowning and near-drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.

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