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A child can drown in just a few inches of water within seconds – often without any splashing or screaming.

Prevent a tragedy before it happens.

Get tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about reducing your risk of drowning.

Keep your kids safe around water by following these simple guidelines:
  • NEVER leave children swimming unattended. Drowning can occur in an inch or two of water.
  • Stay within an arm's length of small children in water to protect against rapid drowning.
  • Warn children to never swim at a pool or beach alone or without a lifeguard.
  • Train children to swim at an early age.
  • Teach children that swimming in a pool is far different than swimming in open water.
  • Be certain only qualified and undistracted adults are entrusted with supervising children in water.
  • Always empty inflatable pools, buckets, pails and bathtubs after each use.
  • Personal floatation devices do not guarantee water safety.


What Are The Signs of Drowning?
  • Head low in water, mouth at water level.
  • Head tilted back, mouth open.
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus.
  • Eyes closed.
  • Hair over eyes.
  • Not using legs—vertical alignment.
  • Hyperventilating or gasping.
  • Swimming in a particular direction and going nowhere.
  • Trying to roll over on their back.
  • Ladder climbing movements.