Watch Kids Around Water

As a parent or caregiver, you can prevent accidents before they happen! Learn CPR, have emergency numbers handy, and use these tips to make sure staying cool in summer is fun and safe for all.

Inside the House

  • Never leave small children alone near any container of water, including tubs, buckets, toilets or aquariums.
  • Keep bathroom doors closed and secure toilet lids with locks.
  • Don't ever leave young children alone in the bath. Drownings can happen in even tiny amounts of water. If you need to leave the room, take the child with you.
  • Make sure doors and pet doors are closed and locked so that small children cannot get to pools or hot tubs.
  • Make sure babysitter and other caregivers know these rules as well.

Outside the House

  • Never leave children alone near water bodies, including pools, lakes, creeks, rivers, beaches, ponds or drainage ditches.
  • Constantly watch children when swimming or playing near water. They need a certified lifeguard or responsible adult within reach.
  • When pool is in use, completely remove pool covers and cleaning machines. When pool is not in use, remove all pool toys and secure access to the area using alarms and gates.
  • Find out if your child's friends or neighbors have pools at their homes.
  • Do not allow children to swim in any water after heavy rains or flooding, since swollen water can hide hazards below the surface.

Always remember: Don't assume children will use caution. Watch kids around water at all times!

For More Information

Download our water safety tips and take Lifeguard 101, our fun, interactive water safety lesson.