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Paul Doyle

Swimming Safety Tips

Connecticut summers are meant to be spent relaxing at the beach, cooling off by the pool, and swimming at the lake. But it’s important to remember that water can be a danger for young children.

In fact, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old and it’s the third leading cause of death among children in the United States.


By following these water safety tips, you can make sure that your family continues to have a fun, safe summer:

Follow these water-safety tips:

  • Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water
  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. (Adults can take turns by passing around this Water Watcher card)
  • While swimming in a public place, always swim where there is a lifeguard on duty. (But it’s important to supervise your own child even when there is a lifeguard present)
  • Sign your child up for swim lessons at a young age to increase their comfort level in the water and decrease their risk of drowning
  • Empty wading pools, tubs, bucks and containers after use. When finished, store these items upside down and out of children’s reach
  • As a parent, knowing CPR could save your child’s life (some local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer training)

Teach your kids to:

  • Ask an adult before going near water
  • Wear a personal flotation device
  • Stay by the shore or shallow side
  • Swim with a partner
  • Be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather

For more information on water safety, check out these Swimming Safety Tips.