Drowning Prevention Checklist

Date:  Apr 11-2006

Drowning Prevention Checklist 

As we approach summer, it is important for parents to remember that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5 in the state of California. Please take a moment to educate yourselves and your children, as drowning is 100% preventable.

Never leave your child unsupervised in or near any body of water
Don’t allow barriers, such as fences or walls, to give you a false sense of security
Keep toys, tricycles and other children’s play things away from the pool or spa
Don’t consider your children to be “drown-proof” even if they are enrolled in swimming lessons. Swimming lessons will teach them skills and respect for the water
Do Not rely on “water wings” or inflatable devices to keep your child afloat
Fencing, walls, latched doors, covers and alarms should always be utilized
Doors and windows leading to the pool area are kept closed and locked
Fence gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms
Door, window and gate latches should be out of reach of children
Always drain standing (surface) water off of the pool or spa cover
Your pool or spa should always have well-maintained barriers or “layers of safety”
Emergency Procedures
Install a phone, or keep a cordless phone, in the pool or spa area
Know how to contact local emergency medical services
Post emergency phone numbers in an easy-to-see location
Child care-givers should always be familiar with emergency procedures
Learn and practice how to administer lifesaving techniques (CPR) to children
There is no substitute for constant supervision
and eye contact when a child is in or near water.
For information on April Pool’s Day, a community child & parent water safety please contact Academy Swim Club at (661)702-8585
Fence the Pool, Shut the Gate! Teach Your Kids to Swim – It’s Great!
Supervise, (Watch your Mate), Learn How to Resusitate!
For more information on swim lessons & drowning prevention, please call Academy Swim Club at (661)702-8585