Water Safety

Keep your child safe around pools, lakes, and oceans with these water safety essentials.

Is My Child Ready for Swimming Lessons?

Is My Child Ready for Swimming Lessons? Many parents wonder how old their child needs to be to start swimming lessons. The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines in Spring 2010 and now advocates swimming lessons for kids as young as age 1. They previously advised waiting until age 4 but lowered the age because new studies have shown that toddlers who have had at least some swimming instruction may be less likely to drown if they fall in a pool. read more

Pool Safety

Pool Safety There's nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a dip in a cool pool. But there are plenty of potential hazards poolside, so be informed and alert in order to ensure the safety of your friends and family. read more

Pool Safety for Kids

Pool Safety for KidsPreventing Child Drownings read more

Reviving Someone Who Has Drowned or Swallowed Water

Reviving Someone Who Has Drowned or Swallowed Water First Things First Babies are particularly vulnerable to drowning incidents, even in wading pools because they sometimes don't have enough strength to pick up their heads. If you must perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a baby, don't use forceful breaths. read more

Safe to Swim? How to Prevent Recreational Water Illness

Safe to Swim? How to Prevent Recreational Water Illness There's no better way to cool off on a hot day than with a swim. Swimming is a great way for kids to stay active and have fun during summer vacation, but it comes with some risks, too. Whether you're diving into a pool, a lake, or the ocean, waterborne illnesses are a serious concern. Fortunately, some commonsense safety measures can help your family swim safely this summer. What is a recreational water illness? read more

Safety Precautions for Residential Pools

Safety Precautions for Residential Pools Tales from the Safety Zone We're making headway in protecting kids from drowning and near-drowning. The National SAFE KIDS Campaign reports that child drownings declined 30 percent in the last decade. The rate of bathtub-related drownings has declined even more, in part because parents have gotten the prevention message. Children ages 1 to 4 are at greatest risk for drowning, with a rate 2.5 times that of other children. read more

Six-Year-Old Refuses to Swim

It's quite normal to be frightened of the steps it takes to learn to swim. read more

Swimming Rules

Swimming Rules Whether in a pool, a lake, or the ocean, many of the same basic rules apply: read more

Using the Pool Safely

Using the Pool Safely Safety Savvy If you learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you could save your child's life. Many children have been revived because an adult was able to begin CPR immediately, rather than have to wait for the arrival of emergency personnel. Baby-sitters, grandparents, and older siblings who supervise your child should learn it, too. read more