Swimming pools should be a source of family fun and relaxation. Yet, in countries like the U.S., drownings of children aged 1-4 most often occur in home swimming pools - and at least 75% could have been prevented with the proper safety precautions. Make sure you know what they are so you can ensure that your pool is a source of joy, not tragedy.
Action You Can Take:
Enroll your child in swim classes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting swim lessons as young as 1 year old. In your community, the Park District and YMCA are trusted sources of swim lessons. As a service to you, we have compiled a list of swim classes in Chicago, click here. Stay tuned as we add more locations.
Learn CPR. Click here to find an American Red Cross CPR class in your community.
Download this card to remind you about water safety.
Always swim near a lifeguard. Your chance of drowning is reduced to 1 in 18 million.
Weak swimmers should wear a lifejacket.
American Academy of Pediatrics on Drowning Prevention updated May 2019
Minorities drown at much higher rates - watch this video to learn more.
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