Be Water Wise

Be Water Wise

Most water-related accidents involving children can be avoided by following a few simple guidelines.


  • Ensure that all adults and children in your household learn how to swim.
  • Teach children to always swim with a buddy.
  • Teach water safety rules to children.
  • Actively watch children when they are swimming, even if they know how to swim. Don’t leave, even for a moment.
  • Keep a phone near you while watching children swim—use it only to call for help if there is an emergency.
  • Keep children who can’t swim, or can’t swim well, within your reach.

Open Water

  • Ensure that children only swim in areas designated for swimming.
  • Teach children to enter the water feet first.
  • Ensure that children wear a United States Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times when in or near open bodies of water.


  • Put up a fence that is at least four feet high and surrounds all sides of the pool area. Ensure that the fence has a gate with a lock and that the gate closes and latches on its own.
  • Teach children not to play or swim near pool or spa drains.
  • Have alarms on every door and window leading to the pool area

Did You Know?

  • Each year, more than 830 children ages 14 and younger die as a result of unintentional drowning.
  • On average, 3,600 injuries per year occur in children due to near-drowning incidents.
  • Home swimming pools are the most common place for a child age 5 or younger to drown.
  • The majority of infant drowning deaths in children younger than 1 year old occur in bathtubs, buckets, or toilets.

Source: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Safe Kids USA

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