Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children. However, there are a number of strategies that you can use to prevent such a tragedy. By following basic safety precautions, you can help ensure that your child is safe around the water.

  • If you’re at a public pool, note the available “layers of protection” as soon as you and your kids arrive. Is there a lifeguard on duty? Is the pool area secured by a childproof gate? Is there a barrier separating the shallow “kiddie” portion of the pool from the deep end?
  • Never leave a child unattended near water. Make sure that you are always within arm’s length of your child and that your attention is always focused on them. If you must leave the area or you become distracted by a phone call or chores even for a moment, ask another parent or adult in the vicinity to watch your child, or remove your toddler from the water to go with you.
  • If you do lose track of your toddler’s whereabouts, always check the swimming pool first. Also, make sure you are CPR trained just in case.
  • Don’t assume your toddler is safe just because your child knows how to swim, especially if independent swimming is new. The controlled atmosphere of a supervised swimming class is very different than a chaotic pool or waterpark.
  • Always remove any toys or floats from the water as soon as your toddler leaves the pool. Toys attract toddlers and young children, who might try to reach for them and fall into the water.

Above all, supervision is key. If you keep track of your children’s whereabouts at all times, you can be sure they will be safe.


  • Always check to see if there is a lifeguard on duty when visiting a public pool or beach.
  • Never leave your child unattended near water.
  • Just because your child has had swimming lessons doesn’t mean they are free from drowning.
  • Make sure you are CPR trained and certified.

Last reviewed by Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP. Review Date: March 2020


  1. American Red Cross. Swimming Safety Tips.


  1. There are many different types of swimming pool safety fences available including aluminum, chain link, glass, mesh, vinyl, wood and wrought iron. They also come in plenty of different colors and designs, so they can be customized to blend in nicely with their surroundings and add to the beauty of the glass pool fence area. Numerous online site like is accessible. Fences made of materials such as chain link, aluminum and mesh require less maintenance, while materials such as wood or glass can be more attractive and decorative. Therefore, choosing a swimming pool safety fence really depends on a person’s taste and budget. However, at the end of the day, the most important factor is that the fence is effective in preventing accidents.

  2. Pools can be fun in the summertime but it’s so important to arm yourselves with info to keep your kids safe!

  3. Great advice! 🙂

  4. thank you for the tips, my grandchildren will be visiting soon and these tips will help me around the pool

  5. Very helpful information. Thank you. Im signing my boys up for swim lessins at the YMCA

  6. thanks for these tips, we have a pool and i have a toddler and a soon to be infant! these are very useful especially me being a worrying mother!


Tell us who you are! We use your name to make your comments, emails, and notifications more personal.

Tell us who you are! We use your name to make your comments, emails, and notifications more personal.