Water safety is important at any age, but especially if you have babies or toddlers.
Drowning can happen very quickly and in less than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of water.
So filled bathtubs, swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, and even buckets of water
and sinks can be dangerous.
To reduce the risk of drowning:
Never leave a baby unattended in the bath. If you must answer the phone or door,
don't rely on an older sibling to watch the baby; wrap your baby in a towel and bring
him or her with you.
Never leave a bathtub, bucket, or other container filled with any amount of water
or other liquid unattended.
Never use a bathtub seat or supporting ring without constant adult supervision.
The seat can overturn or a baby may slip out into the water.
Install a toilet-lid locking device and keep bathroom doors closed at all times.
(Or you may want to install a doorknob cover.)
If you have a pool in your backyard, install fencing at least 5 feet (1.5 meters)
high on all sides of the pool, as well as a self-closing and self-latching gate with
a lock that's out of a child's reach.
Consider installing a pool alarm or cover, but know that these are not substitutes
for fencing and adult supervision.
Remove toys from the pool when kids are finished swimming to prevent them from
trying to recover them when unsupervised.
Inflatable flotation devices such as vests, water wings, rafts, and tubes can
give a false sense of security in the pool and are not effective in protecting a child
from drowning. Never use these as a substitute for constant adult supervision.
Dump out all water from a wading pool when you're finished using it.
Remove any ladders from an above-ground pool when not in use.
If you leave your child with a babysitter, make sure he or she is comfortable
supervising your child in the pool and understands your pool rules.
Whether you're expecting a baby or already have a child, it's a good idea to: