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Stay Safe in the Water this Summer
  • Never leave children alone near the water
  • Tell children never to run, push or jump on others around water.
  • Learn CPR
  • Children should always wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets. In addition to wearing at beaches and lakes, jackets also added protection at pools.
  • “Water wings” and inflatable rings are toys, not safety devices.
  • Keep toilet lids down (a source of drowning in young toddlers).
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Never leave young children in a bathtub, even if they are in a bath seat or with a sibling.
  • Teach children to swim after age 4.
  • Make sure children swim only within designated safe areas of rivers, lakes and oceans.
  • Provide layers of protection around pools such as four-sided fencing that provide an additional barrier to the pool other than the back side of the home.

    *From the CPSC and National SAFE KIDS Campaign

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