Approximately every 9 hours a child in the United States drown, or almost 900 children between 0-19 drown each year.
Leading causes of unintentional injury death in Indiana:
- #1 reason for children ages 1-4
- #2 reason for children ages 5-14
- #3 reason for children ages 15-19
If a toddler or child goes missing, look in the water FIRST!
How to be safe around pools:
- At least 4 feet high and surround the pool on all 4 sides (separate from the house and play area).
- Self-closing and self-latching gate, with the latch out of child’s reach, at least 54 inches from the ground.
- Non-climbable. Chain-link fences are not recommended, but if they are used the opening should be 1 ¾ inch or smaller.
- Slats should have no more than 4 inches of space between them.
- When a pool is not in use
- Keep the gate locked
- Remove toys so children are not tempted to enter the pool area unsupervised
- Use alarms on the pool, the pool fencing, and house doors.
Pick an Adult “Water Watcher” for Supervision When In AND Around Water
- Water watcher should
- Be close, watch constantly and without distractions,
- Put the cell phone down
- Avoid other activities
- Avoid using alcohol or drugs
- Wear a tag to identify who is the “water watcher”
- Switch off with another adult for breaks and be sure to hand them the tag to identify the “water watcher”
- All children should be supervised even when
- There is a lifeguard on duty
- Wearing a floatation device
- Know how to swim
Learn Life-Saving Skills
- Children should learn basic swim skills (floating and moving through water) from a qualified instructor.
- Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on what to look for when choosing swim lessons.
- Learn Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
A Life Jacket or Flotation Device in AND Around Water
- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket or flotation device
- These are available for purchase at the Riley Safety Store
- Learn more about how to fit a life jacket (PDF)
To find local pool schedules and splash pads for the Indianapolis area, please visit parks.indy.gov.