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Tips for Keeping Toddlers Safe
Drowning prevention is mostly common sense. Follow these water safety tips to protect your toddlers from the dangers of drowning.
- Never leave a toddler alone near a pool, spa, bath tub, toilet, bucket or any standing water in which a child’s nose or mouth may be submerged.
- f you leave the pool area, always take your child with you.
- Drain any object containing water immediately after use and turn anything that can hold rain water upside down or store away from toddlers (buckets, tubs, inflatable pools, etc.)
- Put your child safety locks on anything that might be a danger to your child (toilets, cabinets, etc.)
- Use barriers around home pools and hot tubs.
- Always supervise your toddlers when they are in or around the water.
- Remember, supervision is the best protection, take proper precautions to make sure your home is child-friendly and free from the hazards related to drowning.
- Enroll your toddler in swim lessons and make sure they understand the rules of the water. Lessons at the YMCA are offered for children as young as 6 months.
THE 3 ESSENTIAL RULES OF WATER SAFETY
Test & Teach
Have your child’s swimming skills tested at your local YMCA.
Watch & Guard
Appoint an adult to supervise all pool activities. Add barriers around your pool.
THROW, DON'T GO
Throw out a flotation device or use a pole to reach a drowning child. Never jump in to save.