Pool Drowning Safety Tips For Parents

Pools are starting to reopen across the bay area and it's important to remember that drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional death for kids ages 1-4.

Here's what you need to know to keep your kids safe while having fun.

  1. Talk to your kids about water safety. Teach them not to go near a pool when there isn't an adult around. Tell them over and over just as you would instruct them about crossing the street.
  2. When your child is in the water make sure there is a designated water watcher. Our morning show producer Karena Velazquez ended up saving a random little girl the other day from drowning in a pool because she was paying attention even though there were a bunch of adults in the pool. "When everybody is watching, nobody is watching."
  3. Teach your child basic water skills. Should they lose their float device in the water they would at lease have some basic skills to help them.

For more important safety tips check out this great article from Parents magazine!!