Use these tips to make sure you and others stay safe when you’re near water.
|Always swim with another person.||Never swim by yourself.|
|A responsible adult must supervise young children while playing or swimming. Adults should not be involved in any distracting activity while supervising.||Never leave children alone around water.|
|Swim in areas roped off for safety.||Never dive into water when you don’t know how deep it is.|
|Swim only where a lifeguard is on duty or an experienced swimmer is supervising.||Never swim after drinking alcohol.|
|Wear US Coastguard-approved lifejackets. Make sure they fit!||Don't rely on air inflated water wings, water noodles or other toys as flotation devices.|
|Keep reaching and throwing aids (poles and life preservers) at poolside.||Don't leave toys in the pool after swimming. Children may return to the pool while unsupervised to play with them.|
|Surround pools with a fence at least 5 feet high.||Don't walk, skate, or drive on ice covering a body of water in the winter.|
|Keep containers around the house and yard empty of water.|
|Keep bathroom and laundry room latches out of the reach of children.|
|Keep the seat cover down on the toilet and use a toilet seat lock if small children are in the house.|
Also make sure you or your support providers review and practice CPR and First Aid – and stay certified!