Drowning is a leading cause of death in children ages 1-4 years and teens. Even small amounts of water can pose a risk of drowning for toddlers. To reduce the risk:
- Keep hot tubs locked.
- Fence in-ground pools and empty small infant pools after every single use.
- Use toilet locks to keep the lid down and secure.
- Never leave an infant or young child alone in the tub even for a minute.
- Assign one parent to watch each child who is swimming.
- Use life jackets yourself and enforce children wearing theirs whenever you are on a river or the ocean.
- Don’t let teens hot tub or swim alone.
- Warn teens of the danger of drinking alcohol while swimming or doing water recreation activities.