When you’re around water, keep your eyes on your kids constantly, as accidents can happen in an instant. Almost 1,000 children drown annually and a few thousand more visit emergency rooms for near-drowning. To keep your pint-sized swimmers safe:
- Only allow swimming when lifeguards are present (or when an adult watches a backyard pool).
- Keep your child within an arm’s length in the pool so you can grab him or her if necessary.
- Remember that swimming lessons don’t make your child drown-proof.
- Don’t let kids dive into water that’s too shallow.
- Don’t depend on flotation devices to keep kids above water.
- Remove all toys from the water after swimming, so kids aren’t tempted to lean over the pool to reach them later.