Water Safety

Even with summer ending and pool time coming to a close, we wanted to put some water safety reminders out there… especially  bathtub safety! A baby can drown in less than 2 inches of water so never assume your baby is safe when water is involved!

Bath/Home Safety:

  • Never leave your child unattended near any water – bathtub, pool etc… – this means don’t even leave your baby for a minute to answer the phone, get a towel etc (do not even leave them alone if the drain is open and the faucet is running because you never know if a child will figure out how to block that drain)
  • Do not assume a baby bath seat or ring is enough to keep your baby safe – your baby can lean over and fall out, the seat can tip over etc…
  • Line the bottom of the bathtub with a rubber mat to prevent slipping in the bathtub
  • Put a soft cover over the water faucet to protect your baby’s head from injury
  • Keep the water temperature less than 120 degrees F – bath water thermometers are available
  • Keep toilet seats down or even locked or even better keep the bathrooms closed/locked when not in use
  • Keep electric appliances away from the bathtub – hairdryer etc…

Pool Safety:

  • If you have a swimming pool, enroll your child in swim lessons but do not assume that because your child can swim that they are safe in the water
  • Make sure your pool is enclosed in a 4 ft high fence with a self closing gate
  • “Update your pool or spa drain with an anti-entrapment drain cover or other drain safety system, such as an automatic pump shut off. Pool drains have been named one of the top five hidden home hazards by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The suction from a pool drain can be strong enough to hold even an adult underwater, pulling on the hair or on the body and forming a seal. Missing or faulty covers often cause the problem – and an upgrade may save a life.”
  • Learn infant/child CPR
  • Make sure the pool is equipped with rescue equipment
  • Apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing when going in the water outside
  • Empty and turn over wading pools when they are not in use
  • Teach your children not to run or play around a swimming pool