Parenting Safety Tips

Experience the Hannibal Clinic Difference: Water Safety

When enjoying the pool or beach, injuries aren't the first thing on the mind of most parents. However, drownings are a leading cause of injury death in young children. Parents can play a key role in protecting their children when they are in or around water.

  • Learn life-saving skills: Parents and guardians should know the basics of swimming and should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Fence it off: Install a four-sided fence, with self-closing and self-latching gates around all personal swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when they aren't supposed to be swimming.  

  • Wear a life jacket: Make sure everyone wears a life jacket in or around natural bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds and oceans, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets may also be used in or around pools for weaker swimmers.

  • Be alert: When children are in or near water, closely supervise them at all times. Because drownings can happen quickly and quietly, adults watching children in or near the water should avoid distractions. 
  • Use the buddy system: Always swim with a buddy. Select swimming locations that have lifeguards when possible. 

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNational Center for Injury Prevention and Control