Water Safety

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Prevent Drowning

Child drownings are a top cause of preventable death for Arizona children. Most drownings involve children between ages 2 and 5, and occur in a backyard pool. Drownings are LIGHTNING FAST and SILENT. The most important things you do to stop a drowning is think safe around water and practice the ABC’s of Water Safety. It’s really pretty simple.



  • A sober adult must always be with children around water. The adult must watch swimmers with their eyes and not be doing anything else! They shouldn’t be reading, talking on the phone, or doing chores like yard work or washing the car.


  • A barrier is something that keeps you away from danger. A few examples of barriers around water are a fence around a pool with a self-closing self-latching gate or a closed lid on a toilet or a closed door leading to the bathroom. A pool fence with a broken gate is not a barrier. An open bathroom door is not a barrier because a small child could get into the full bathtub.


  • Anyone who does not know how to swim must wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket. Floaties are toys and do not count as a life vest. Everyone should take swimming lessons to learn how to swim! Older kids and adults should take CPR classes so they know what to do in case of a emergency.


  • Do not allow children to play in or around the  pool area.
  • Mount life saving devices near the pool.
  • Keep tables, chairs and ladders away from pool fences.
  • Check placement of doggie doors for direct access to pool area.
  • Post your local emergency number on the phone. Think about installing a phone near the pool area.
  • If you find a child in any source of water…
  • Yell for help and pull the child out of the water.
  • Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately!
  • Begin CPR if you are trained.
  • If you are not trained to administer CPR, follow the instructions from the 9-1-1 operator until help arrives.