Contact the CHOC Community Education Department for information on our 3 Tragic Seconds Program: 714-532-8887.
Children and water can be a fatal combination. Drowning is a quick, silent event. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.
The good news is, this does not have to happen to your child! Drowning deaths can be prevented if the right action steps are taken.
- Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.
- The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60" tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
- Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
- Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.
- Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
- Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
- Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
- Do not consider children "drownproof" because they've had swimming lessons.Watch your child in and around water. If your child turns up missing, check bodies of water first.
- Place pool safety barriers between your child and the pool. Pool safety barriers can buy you time if your child gets out of your sight and heads towards the pool.
- Assign a “Water Watcher,” who knows how to swim, to watch over children in the pool during parties.
- Place a phone, life-saving ring and shepherd’s hook at poolside.
- Learn infant/child CPR.
- Remove toys in and around the pool when the pool is not in use.
- Flotation devices such as water wings are considered toys and should not be used as a substitute for watching your child.
- No one is drown proof! Do not assume that your child is safe just because he or she had swimming lessons.
- Water should be drained out of buckets and wading pools when they are not in use.
- Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub or count on a baby bath ring or seat to keep your child safe.