Safety In and Around Water from CT DPH

Safety In and Around Water


  • An adult should always supervise children in or near water.
  • Drowning can occur in minutes and in just a few inches of water. Whenever an infant or toddler is in or near water an adult should always be within an arm’s length providing "touch" supervision.
  • When boating, everyone should wear US Coast Guard approved life jackets.
  • Consider taking a boating safety course, and remember, just as with drinking and driving, alcohol and swimming or boating don’t mix.
  • Be ready for emergencies by learning CPR and first aid. Keep a phone with you.
  • Learning how to swim is a safety skill that last a lifetime. It is never too late to learn.
  • Classes are available for children and adults at many town recreational centers or through the Red Cross.
         Healthy Swimming  (CDC)


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