Water Safety

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?

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