In Tennessee, drowning is among the leading causes of death for children ages 1–18. Drowning is silent and can happen in an instant. These deaths can be prevented, but we need your help.
Follow these recommendations to be Pool Cool and Water Wise in Middle Tennessee.
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- Active adult supervision is key—at least one adult should be focused on the pool and close enough to touch the swimmers if necessary.
- Install isolation fencing at least five feet high around home swimming pools.
- Remove the stairs from all portable, above ground pools when not in use.
- Teach children to swim when they are ready. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for children as young as one year.
- Teach your child to always swim with a buddy.
- Empty the water out of all buckets, containers and wading pools after use. Store these items upside-down and out of children's reach.
- Keep the lids to your toilets shut at all times and use toilet locks so your child is not able to open them.
- Infants and children should not be left unattended in water regardless of age or presumed ability.
- Adults and children 13 years of age and older should learn infant and child CPR.
Lake and Ocean
Always supervise your child near open water and be aware of undercurrents and undertows when at the ocean or lake.
Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (life jacket) around oceans, rivers, lakes or when participating in water sports.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Pool Safely Campaign
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- United States Coast Guard (life vests)
- USA Swimming Make a Splash
- Water Safety Handout
- Water Safety PDF
Need a life vest? Visit Champ's Corner Store on the Main Street floor at Children's Hospital.
© 2014 Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt