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What are steps a family can take to reduce the risk of drowning?

Dr. Weber discusses steps to help reduce the risks of drowning. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There are many things families can do to reduce drowning risks both at home and when out having other water fun, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

The CDC and the American Academy of PediatricsOff Site Icon (AAP) provide the following recommendations:

  • Be aware of underwater risks – In open water, be aware of sharp rocks or other dangers. In a pool, be aware of drains that hair or small arms and legs can get stuck in.
  • Build barriers – If you have a pool at home, installing isolation fencing and using a rigid pool cover can add a layer of protection against drowning.
  • Know how deep the water is – Don’t allow diving in shallow areas of pools, ponds, or open water.
  • Learn CPR – Parents and caregivers, especially if you own a pool, should know CPR in case of emergency.
  • Never leave a child alone in or near water – Whether it’s a family pool, pond, blow-up baby pool, bucket of water, or a bathtub, an adult should be supervising children every minute.
  • Teach children to swim – It is recommended that children 4 and older take swimming classes to help reduce the risk of drowning. Not all children will be ready to develop swimming skills at the same age.
  • Use a life jacket – Inflatable arm bands and swim rings are not a substitute for a life jacket.
  • Watch closely -Infants and toddlers should be within arm’s length. Older children and better swimmers should still have an adult’s focused attention. Even if your child has had swim lessons, there is a difference between learning to swim for fun and swimming for safety or rescue. Drowning can happen quickly, so close supervision, even in very shallow water, is important.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about how to prevent drowning.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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