Water Safety Messages:
- Always keep children within arms’ reach, in and around the water. Never leave a child alone, whether it is in the bathtub, a swimming pool or any body of water such as rivers or lakes.
- Make sure children and weaker swimmers wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFD) in and around the water.
- Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions.
- Keep safety equipment and a phone close to the pool.
- Ottawa Public Health recommends installing four-sided fencing to ensure access to pool is completely separate from the house, preventing direct access from a child.
- Children under the age of five should never use a hot tub — not even with an adult. Hot tubs are too hot for young children, may have high bacteria, and the drain in the hot tub can trap children.
- Make sure you and your family members learn to swim.
- Enjoy safe boating. Make sure that you and your family members always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat. When not in use, lifejackets/PFDs need to be kept in a dry, ventilated area and out of direct sunlight.
- Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1.
Talk with Children about Water Safety
Teach your child to:
- Stay away from fast moving water like rivers and streams
- Call 9-1-1 when anyone is in trouble
- Always swim with a friend or adult
- Wear a lifejacket/PFD
- Check the water: how deep is it? Are there any dangers in the water?