Water Safety Tips


  • Make sure there is an isolation fence around the pool, separating the pool from the house and the surrounding yard. It should be at least 4 feet high, with self-latching and self-locking gates.
  • Install secondary barriers such as safety pool covers that meet ASTM Standards, in ground pool alarms, and home door alarms.
  • Make sure kids have constant supervision when they’re in or around water. Designate at least one adult “water watcher” at all times. If you’re with a group, have adults take turns.
  • Teach kids survival swimming skills.
  • Kids that are not strong swimmers should wear US Coast Guard-approved, well-fitting life jackets. (But be aware they don’t make your child drown-proof — still keep constant watch.)
  • Set water safety rules for the whole family — for example, kids should never swim alone, inexperienced swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep, don’t dive into water less than 9 feet deep, stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings, etc.
life jacket
  • Parents and caregivers should learn bystander CPR.
  • Swimming lessons and life jackets do not replace supervision. Always watch kids in and around water. Drowning is swift and silent — it can happen in less than a minute.
  • All pools should have a safety reaching device like a shepherd’s crook.
  • Keep a phone nearby so you can quickly call 911 in an emergency.
  • Remember, kids can drown in just a few inches of water and it happens swiftly and silently — drain inflatable pools and coolers after each use.
  • Ensure pools and spas have compliant drain covers, and are kept in working order.
  • Make sure pools and spas have proper pool drains so kids can’t get their hair stuck in them.
  • Ensure that you have proper state approved life jackets.


A Vacaville, CA Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 975 created this public service announcement warning about drowning which aired on Vacaville public television. This astonishing video begins with a cinematic representation and ends with an interview with Drowning Prevention Foundation President and Founder, Nadina Riggsbee.

Bath Tub safety 

Baby reaching into pool

Bath time is a cherished ritual for many families, offering relaxation and cleanliness. However, ensuring bath tub safety for young children is paramount to prevent accidents.

Supervision is the cornerstone of safety; never leave a child unattended, even for a moment, in the tub. It’s essential to maintain a firm grip on infants and toddlers, as they can easily slip under the water. Keep the water temperature comfortably warm but not too hot, as young skin is sensitive to heat. Install non-slip mats or adhesives in the tub to prevent slipping accidents.

Additionally, store bath products, like soaps and shampoos, out of reach to avoid ingestion or spills. Teaching children the importance of staying seated and not standing or playing recklessly in the tub can also contribute to a safer bathing experience. By implementing these precautions, bath time can remain a joyful and safe activity for the whole family.