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 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