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Join the Water Watcher Safety Program

Why the Water Watcher Program? •Drowning accidents are the leading cause of injury and deaths in children under 5. •70% of all preschoolers who drown are in the care of at least one parent at the time. •75% are missing from the sight of their parents for five minutes or less. •There is no substitution for adult supervision around pools and hot tubs. Pool fencing would prevent 50-90 percent of childhood drownings. •Children associate water with play, not danger. Adults must establish, communicate, and enforce rules and take responsibility for child safety. If a child is missing, check the pool first. What this means: Assign an adult “Water Watcher” to supervise the pool/spa area or any other body of water, especially during social gatherings. The adult Water Watcher will maintain constant visual contact with children in the pool/spa area. At least one adult Water Watcher will always wear this tag and vow to: •Keep my eyes on the swimmers for as long as I have this tag. •I will avoid distractions and remain alert while watching. •I will not leave the waterside without handing this tag to another responsible adult and ensuring they understand the responsibilities. Steps to Prepare: •Everyone over 14-years old in the household should be certified in adult, infant and child CPR. •Adults should learn how to swim and administer rescue techniques. •Post a sign with the rules for pool/spa use and reminder to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. •Post rules about the Water Watcher program and a have tag available. •Install warning alarms on doors, windows and gates leading to the water. Check alarms on a regular basis. •Childproof your pool area. Install a safety fence around the pool and equip it with self-latching gates. Remove any items or structures that may be used to climb over the fence. •Install fencing with self-closing and self-latching gates and alarms around pools. Lock all doors and windows leading to the pool. •Install a pool safety cover (power operated are the safest and easiest to use). To receive a free badge, email
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