Texas Children's Health plan wants you to enjoy a safe summer!

Water Safety
Watch Your Children!

Summer is time for fun, but it is also time for danger. Know where your kids are at all times, and help keep them safe. Drowning is the second leading cause of death of children (and the leading cause of death in Children age 1 to 4). Most drownings occur in summertime. Actively watch children whenever they are in or near water.

To keep children safe around water:

  • Pay attention!  If you are with a group, have an adult be the water watcher whose only job is to watch the children.
  • Make your child wear a life jacket. Do not rely on floaties for safety.
  • Empty buckets of water and inflatable shallow pools after use.
  • Follow pool rules and make sure that gates to pool areas are securely closed and locked.
  • Teach your child to swim. Children 4 years and older should take swimming lessons. Younger children may get infections from swallowing too much water. Don’t assume swimming lessons protect your child from drowning. Always watch them in or near water.
  • Never let children to dive in water less than 6-feet deep.
  • Be sure to cover hot tubs with a working lock when not in use.
  • Install anti-entrapment drain covers, and consider a vacuum relief system.
  • Learn CPR and keep life saving equipment by the pool. For lessons call your local American Red Cross.  For Houston, call 713-526-8300.  For the Jefferson service area, call 409-729-1717.

Water Safety Facts: 

  • Kids can drown in as little as an inch of water and are at risk of drowning in wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, toilets, and puddles of water.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Every second counts.
  • A drowning child cannot cry or call for help.
  • Every residential pool should have a fence around the entire pool.
  • Keep the gate locked and don’t leave toys in or around the pool.
  • Four-sided fencing could prevent about 50 to 90 percent of child drownings in residential pools.
  • On a boat, everyone should wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or a life jacket at all times.
  • PFD’s could prevent about 85 percent of boating-related drownings.
  • Look for a PFD that is approved by the U.S Coast Guard. “Water Wings” and other inflatable swimming aids do not prevent drowning.
  • Do not let a child under 14 operate personal watercraft, such as a jet skies.
  • No diving into water less than 9 feet deep.
  • No swimming near a dock or marina with electrical hookups (swimmers can be electrocuted in the water).
  • Be wary of overcrowded swimming pools, especially if the lifeguard can’t see everybody at all times.
  • If you don’t know how to swim, do not enter the water yourself—you and your child would both need to be rescued and could both drown.


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