Water Safety First
Layers of Protection
1. Effective Supervision:
The most critical line of defense is adult supervision. This includes during both swim and non-swim times. A majority of water accidents and drownings happen when children are not supposed to be near the water. If your child is ever missing, look in ALL places with water first.
2. Pool Fences:
Install a permanent 4-sided fence with self-locking gates. Ensure that the pool fence is at least 3-5 feet from the pool edge. A 4-sided pool fence can decrease the chances of a water accident by more than 80%, compared to a 3-sided fence.
3. Locks & Alarms:
Make sure all doors and windows, especially the ones leading to the pool area, are locked and alarmed. You can turn your home security system’s chime feature on, install stand-alone alarms, and use child safety locks.
4. Survival Swimming Lessons:
A moment's inattention does not have to cost a child his life. ISR's Self-Rescue training is an added layer of protection, teaching your child water survival skills in a completely safe environment.
If an emergency happens, it is essential parents and families are prepared. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and remember to update those skills regularly.
Swimwear Water Safety
When shopping for swimwear, think water safety! Avoid dressing your children in swimsuits that are blue, navy, black, grey, or any shade that easily blends into the water. Instead, put them in brightly colored swimsuits that are easy to spot quickly. In a water emergency, seconds count. The sooner a child in trouble is spotted, the safer!