August 1, 2020
It’s time to be empowered through Safety!
With most families still at home from work, daycare and school, it’s important to reflect on all Safety issues as we practice self-quarantine and social distancing.
This includes the need for increased supervision of children while at home together - especially if you or your neighbors
have access to a backyard pool or spa. It is extremely important to lock all doors to the outside, secure pet entrances so children cannot crawl out, and latch all pool fences and spa covers.
Please take the time to view this important Water Safety Video from Safe Kids Greater Houston as all water hazards are explored. Drowning is fast, silent and preventable. Let’s all work together to keep our kids safe!
It is also important to remember bathroom safety – it takes less than 2 inches of water for a child to drown.
Visit www.poolsafely.gov/ for additional Water Safety information.
#BeSafe #BeWaterSmart #PoolSafely
Water Safety Tips at Home
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
- When children are swimming and there are several adults present, make sure kids are always actively supervised by choosing a Water Watcher. A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the water without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision. Download a Water Watcher Card Here
- Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
- Make sure kids learn how to swim and develop these five water survival skills:
- step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface
- float or tread water for one minute
- turn around in a full circle and find an exit
- swim 25 yards to exit the water; and
- exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.
Actively Supervise Kids in or Around Water
- Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
Remove Water from Tubs and Buckets After Use
- Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
- Empty buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don't collect water.
Close Lids and Doors
- Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
- Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.
Please feel free to download a pdf copy of these handy water
safety tips by clicking this link.
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Thank you for being Water Safe!