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Swimming Safety
Facts, Figures & General Information
Most children love to play in the water and what better way to spend a hot summer’s day than at the pool? But pools – or any body of water – can be very dangerous. Drowning is the most common cause of accidental death for children between one and four years of age.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Child in Pool
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Swim only when there is an adult or lifeguard present.
  • Horseplay is dangerous. No pushing, shoving or running near the water.
  • Stay out of the water if you’re very tired, very cold or overheated.
  • Walk carefully around water so you don’t slip and fall.
  • Wear a life jacket when you swim in a river, lake or ocean and when you participate in water sports or ride on a boat.
  • If someone is in trouble in the water, CALL FOR HELP and throw them something that floats.
  • Look before you jump into the water.
  • Stay a safe distance from diving boards and slides when you’re in the water.
  • Get out of the water if you hear thunder or see lightning.

Safe Kids USA’s parent and caregiver booklet, “Water Safety Tips to Help Keep Your Family Safe,” offers an extensive list of safety tips based on its “Lock, Look and Learn” water safety program.

For more important information regarding drowning prevention, visit these pages on our website: Bathtubs, Toilets and Buckets; Bodies of Water; and 9 Myths of Drowning.

Safe Kids USA

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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547