Tragedies happen in a blink of an eye, in water of any depth - a small child can drown in as little as an inch of water. Drowning is the second leading cause of death among Utah children under the age of 14.
Water accidents are also a major cause of life-altering brain injuries every year. There's simply no substitute for 100% supervision. Watch your children at all times whenever they're around water, and remember, don't just be there, be aware.
General Water Safety
- Never take your eyes off of children in the water
- While supervising, stay alert and avoid distractions
- Learn infant and child CPR
- Keep a telephone nearby in case of an emergency
In and Around the Home Safety
- Never leave a child alone around any water
- Empty all buckets and wading pools after use
- Never leave children in a bathtub alone or with an older brother or sister
- Install child safety locks on toilet lids in households with toddlers
Pool and Hot Tub Safety
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first
- Enclose pools with self-closing and locking fences
- Teach children to swim, but remember, there's no substitute for supervision
Open Water and Boating Safety
- Use approved life jackets
- Read and obey all posted rules
- Never dive into unknown water
- Install a carbon monoxide detector aboard your houseboat
Download a printable version of the Water - Danger at Any Depth brochure:
To order printed copies of these brochures, please call:
Primary Children's Community Relations department at (801) 662-6580.