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Summer Water Safety Tips

Safety spotlight


Wear it right: Choosing and fitting a life jacket


When it comes to water safety, there are three simple steps that you can follow to keep your child safe from injury: LOCK, LOOK, and LEARN.



LOCK(this is especially important if you have either an in or above ground swimming pool regardless of how deep it is)

Put up a fence that is at least 4 feet high and surrounds all sides of the pool or spa. The fence should have a gate with a lock that closes and latches by itself.
  • Use door, gate and pool alarms.
  • Teach children not to play or swim near pool or spa drains.
  • Use approved safety drain covers and back up devices.
  • Empty and turn over wading pools as soon as the kids are out.

LOOK – (there is no substitute for ACTIVE supervision)

  • Always watch children when they are in or near water. Assign a designated “Water Watcher”
  • Anytime children are playing in or near water. Download a “Water Watcher” card here.
  • When you are watching children, don’t be distracted by phone calls, text messages, reading or
  • Talking to others.
  • Watch children even if they know how to swim.
  • Children who can’t swim or can’t swim well should be within your reach.  Do not rely on swimming aids such as water wings or noodles.
  • Keep a phone near you – use it only to call for help if there is an emergency.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first.


  • Both adults and children should learn how to swim.
  • Learn to wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket anytime you are in, near or around the water.
  • Learn how to use rescue equipment
  • Learn CPR.

Did you know?

  • Most children were being watched by an adult just before they drowned and that drowning is silent?
  • Drowning is the second leading causes of death for children in Washington State.
  • Approximately 400 children age 14 and younger drown each year in pools and spas.
  • Home swimming pools are the most common place for a child younger than age 5 to drown.


Safe Kids Clark County regularly updates its Facebook page with tips for keeping children safe.

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Keep your child safe at home, at play, and on the way!
Accidental injury is the leading cause of death in children 14 and under. Most of these injuries are preventable. Safe Kids Clark County offers education and resources to parents, guardians, educators, and others. Topics include:

The Safe Kids Clark County coalition is a member of Safe Kids USA, a grassroots network of more than 600 coalitions and chapters that work closely with law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, health professionals, educators, businesses, public policy makers, and, most importantly, parents and kids. We are a non-profit organization with 501C(3) status.

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