A child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, put a load of laundry in the washer or apply sunscreen.
- Make sure you empty all buckets, containers and wading pools and store them upside down.
- Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry room closed at all times.
- Always stay within arm’s reach of your child when in or near water.
- Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
- Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. Avoid all distractions, including looking or talking on your phone.
- If a child is missing, check all sources of water near home first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
- Don’t think you’ll hear a child who is in trouble in the water; drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that there is trouble.
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
- Teach yourself water safety, CPR and swimming skills.
- Always swim with a buddy, never alone.
Visit the Drowning Prevention Coalition to apply for swimming lesson vouchers and where to find swimming locations in Palm Beach County