As with any accident, prevention is the key.
- Learning how to swim should be a priority for all children and for people of all ages.
- A home swimming pool should always be fenced and secure. Motion detectors may be helpful should the fence fail to keep out unsupervised children.
- When participating in water sports, the use of a personal floatation device (life jacket) is mandatory. Pool toys are not a substitute.
- Alcohol is a major contributor to drowning accidents. Water and alcohol don't mix.
- Never leave an infant unattended in a bath tub or near water.
- Never leave a child unattended near water, whether that is a swimming pool or natural water.
Know where you are swimming:
- Make certain the depth is at least 10 feet if you decide to dive into
- Know about the dangerous undercurrents and waves that occur in fresh or
- Avoid dangerous marine animals such as
- Know the depth of ice before walking on it
- Never swim alone.
- Learn CPR
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/7/2014
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