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Most drowning and near-drowning occur when
a child accidentally falls into a pool or is left alone in
a tub. Remember. it takes only an inch of water and a few moments
for a child to drown. Follow these water safety rules and make
sure your children know them and observe them at all times.
- If a child in missing, immediately look in the pool and/or
- Never leave a child alone in a pool, spa, beach or tub - not
even for a second. If you must leave for any reason, take the
child with you.
- Young children are never drown-proof, even if they've had 'water
- Enclose your pool and spa with a fence or wall. All gates should
have a spring lock, self-closing and self-locking mechanism.
The inside latch should be above the reach of toddlers and young
children. Keep pool and spa areas locked to prevent unsupervised
- Consider extra layers of protection such as safety fences,
safety covers and alarms on doors and windows leading to the
pool. However, do realize these devices are not fool-proof and
there is no substitute for adult supervision.
- When using safety fences, remove chairs, toys or other items
that children could use to climb over the fence.
- When using safety covers, fully remove before using the pool,
replace them promptly after use and remove standing water after
- Teach your child pool or spa safety habits: no running, pushing,
dunking or jumping on others; no diving or jumping in shallow
- Don't rely solely on plastic inner tubes, inflatable arm hands
or other toys to prevent accidents.
- Keep toys, especially tricycles or wheel toys away from the
pool or spa.
- Don't allow anyone of any age to swim without a 'spotter" nearby.
Examples of safety behavior by adults are important for young
- Don't permit playful screaming (false alarms) for help; a real
emergency could go unrecognized.
- Teach your child the best way to get out of the pool or spa
- Keep emergency reaching and throwing aids in a stationary position
on both sides of the pool.
- Don't allow your child to swim immediately after a heavy meal.
- Don't allow swimming during thunderstorms.
- Don't allow glass in the pool or spa area.
- Don't allow the use of drugs or alcohol by persons using the
pool, spa, or pool or areas.
- Enroll children over three in swimming lessons taught by qualified
instructors. Keep in mind that lessons don't make your child
- Never let children swim alone or in unsupervised areas like
quarries, canals or ponds.
- Teach your swimmers never to dive into unknown bodies of water
or from the sides or shallow ends of pools. Wade in first to
- Both you and your children should learn CPR (cardiopulmonary
resuscitation) as soon as possible.
- Have a portable or cell phone at the pool or spa. Teach your
children how to dial the 9-1-1 emergency system.
Facts on Drowning
||Drowning is the leading cause of death for
San Diego County children between one and four years old.
About 70 percent of these drowning occur in a residential
swimming pool or spa.
||In the past ten years, over 540 children were admitted
to Children's Hospital for drowning and near incidents and
116 of them were deaths.
||Drowning is a silent event. Drowning children do not struggle
or cry for help. Since the child submerges almost immediately,
no warnings occur.
||Drowning occur in surprisingly short breaks of supervision.
Victims were often last seen indoors or playing outdoors
away fro the pool/spa area. Adults were almost always nearby.