Drowning and Injury Prevention
- Make sure everyone knows how to swim.
- Use life jackets appropriately. Wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if you know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too.
- Foam or inflatable pool toys are not designed to prevent drowning and should not be used as substitutes for life jackets.
- Provide continuous, close supervision to swimmers and to children near the water.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
- If you are at the beach, be aware of rip currents. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until free of the current.
- Know CPR.
Prevent access to water when pool is not in use.
- Install and maintain barriers like 4-sided fencing and weight-bearing pool covers.
- Use locks/alarms for windows and doors.