Kids love to play in the water for long periods of time – especially in the summer. Most kids are naturally attracted to water wherever it is, therefore parents need to be always be mindful about childproofing and keeping the home a water-safe place to play.
Whether you’re giving your baby a bath in the sink or you’re in the bathtub with your toddler, safety always comes first around water. Five basic tips for water safety at home are:
Close all doors and lids
Keep bathroom and laundry room doors closed, keep toilet lids down and use toilet seat locks.
Remove water from tubs, sinks, and buckets after use
Drain the tub as soon as bath time is over, and never leave a child alone in a bath that is running or filled. Bath seats or rings can be dangerous since children can slip out of or under them. Empty all large containers such as buckets and wading pools as soon as the playtime is over. Even melting ice in a cooler can be enough to cause a fatal accident. Always store empty containers upside down so they cannot collect water.
Actively supervise kids in or around water
Never leave children alone near water (a baby can drown in 1 inch of water)
You could help save your child’s life.
Take safety precautions for backyard swimming pools
- When children are playing around water, watch them every second and avoid distractions such as your cell phone.
- Make sure small children are within an arm’s reach of an adult.
- Nominate a water watcher and rotate the watching time among adults.
- Install a pool fence. It should surround the pool completely, be at least four feet high, and have with self-closing, self-latching gates.
- Teach children how to swim.