Drowning Prevention

Too often people say, "I only turned my back for a few seconds." Unfortunately, a few seconds is all it takes for a child to drown.
Drowning is the nation's number one killer of children under the age of five; it's the second leading cause of death from unintentional
injuries for ages 1 to 14. The majority of these accidents occur in residential swimming pools and spas.  Barrier fencing is the only
effective means to protect a child.
 
What to do if you find a person in trouble in a swimming pool:
  1. Yell for help and get the person out of the pool.
  2. Call 9-1-1 immediately and follow instructions.
  3. Begin CPR if you're trained.
  4. Follow telephone instructions from the 911 operator until help arrives.
 

Children Drown Without A Sound...                             
                                 Learn the ABC's of Pool Safety

 
A = Adult Supervision  
  • Maintain constant eye-to-eye supervision with children in and around the swimming pool.
  • Assign an adult to supervise children around the pool, especially at parties.
  • Floaties or other inflatable flotation devices are NOT life jackets and should NEVER be substituted for adult supervision.
 
B = Barriers
  • Have an isolation fence that separates your pool from the house, play yard, and front yard.
  • Make sure ALL gates in isolation and yard fence are self-closing and self-latching.
  • Keep all doors and windows leading to the pool area locked or install alarm devices.
  • Eliminate spaces where a child could get into the pool, such as squeezing through a hole in the fence.
  • Maintain a clear view (no trees, bushes or other obstacles) from the house to the pool.
  • Move chairs and tables away from pool fences, so a child cannot unlatch or climb over the fence.
 
C = Classes
  • Learn and know how to perform CPR.
  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons.
 
Learn CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) contact the American Heart Association 
or the American Red Cross, Santa Monica Chapter. 
 

Water Hazards in the Home

 
 

Also visit these helpful sites:
 

 PoolSafely              LifeG_2015 LG_2015

 
 Safer3
Learn important information about RIP Currents 
 
 Rip_2015
 
 
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