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Water Safety for Young Children

Home Water Hazards

Every year a lot of young children drown in swimming pools, standing water, and other bodies of water around the home. It’s important to keep a close watch on your children and child proof your home to prevent injury or death. Children must be watched by an adult at all times when in or near water. Below you will find a list of things that could harm your young child:

  • Bathtubs (baby bathtub supporting ring devices are unsafe without adult supervision)
  • Buckets and pails (5 gallon buckets and diaper pails)
  • Ice chests with melted ice
  • Toilets
  • Hot tubs, spas, and whirlpools
  • Irrigation ditches, post holes, and wells
  • Fish ponds and fountains

Safety Activities

  • Make sure to empty all buckets, pails, and bathtubs completely after each use and do not leave them unattended.
  • Keep young children out of the bathroom unless they are closely watched.
  • Teach other family member to keep the bathroom door closed.
  • Install child safety doorknob covers or a hook-and-eye latch on the outside of the bathroom door.
  • Never leave a child alone in the bathtub or in the care of another child, not even for a moment.
  • Use a rigid lockable cover on a hot tub, spa, or whirlpool. Fence in all four sides as you would for a swimming pool.
  • Set the water heater thermostat so that the hottest temperature at the faucet is set at 120F to avoid burns.
  • Watch children closely when they are playing near wells, open post holes, irrigation, and drainage ditches. Fill in empty holes or install a fence to protect your child.

Pool Safety

  • Do not put a pool in your yard until your child is older than five years old.
  • Never leave your children alone in or near the pool.
  • Never let your child swim alone without an adult watching.
  • Put a fence (at least 4 foot high around all 4 sides of the pool) to separate you house from the pool.
  • Install a power safety cord that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), but should not be used in place of the fence.
  • Keep rescue equipment (life preserver) and a telephone by the pool.
  • Only use approved life vests and not air filled swimming aids.
  • Anyone watching your children around the pool should know CPR and be able to rescue your child if needed. Stay within an arm’s length of your child.
  • Remember to remove all toys from the pool after use so that children won’t be tempted to go into the pool and reach them.
  • After the children are done swimming, secure the pool so that they are unable to get back into it

Note:  Children can drown in an inch or two of water. It’s important to stay within an arm’s length of your child at all times. Learn CPR and know how to get emergency help.


Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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