Children's Health plan wants you to enjoy a safe summer!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Look for a PFD that is approved by the U.S Coast Guard.
“Water Wings” and other inflatable swimming aids do not
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.
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