Tragedies happen in a blink of an eye, and 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
  • 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

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Additional Resources:

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American Red Cross

American Red Cross provides valuable information and tips about how to stay safe whenever you are in, on or around water.
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Safe Kids Utah

This non-profit organization strives to make Utah a safer place for children by sharing evidence-based programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, which help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health promotes healthy lifestyles and safe behaviors for Utah's most vulnerable populations.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information about risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a multitude of resources for the physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Poison Control

Your 24-hour resource for poison information and educational resources.