Child Safety: Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
Most childhood drownings occur in swimming pools. If you have a pool in your home, make sure that you follow safety measures established by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.1 When visiting public or private pools, make sure that your children are supervised closely and that they are familiar with pool safety rules.
The following measures can help prevent drowning tragedies:
Hot tubs and spas
Hot tubs and spas often are an overlooked drowning danger for children. Drowning can result from unintentional falls into the water, from hair that becomes tangled in drains or jets, or from body parts becoming trapped.2
Consider keeping hot tubs and spas off-limits to young children. Talk to your doctor before allowing children younger than age 5 to use them.
If you allow children in a hot tub or spa, prevent a drowning incident by taking proper precautions and talking to your children about potential hazards. The following recommendations can help protect your children from an accident or drowning related to hot tubs and spas:
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