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Belinda Farr


Drowning is the second-leading cause of death in Illinois children under five years old. Lack of adult supervision is often a common factor in these deaths.


  • Keep ladders, patio furniture and toys away from above-ground pools. Toddlers are better climbers than you might think.

  • Fence in pool and lock the gate. Pool safety covers and alarms provide added protection.

  • Young children should wear or use personal flotation devises, but remember that thee devised do not replace adult supervision. They could deflate or slip from underneath a child, leaving him or her in a dangerous situation.

  • Appoint several adults who can swim to watch kids during pool parties.

  • Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers near all pools; Seconds count when it comes to preventing death or serious injury.



  • Don't be lulled into a false sense of security because of the shallowness of baby pools. Did you know that a small child could drown in as little as two inches of water? Children should always be supervised when they are in a baby pool.

  • Empty the pool immediately after use and store it upside-down.



  • Never leave a young child alone in a bathtub

  • Don't rely on a bathtub seat for safety.

  • Don't allow children to play alone in bathrooms.


  • Remember: Five-gallon buckets of water pose a threat to babies and toddlers who may topple into them while playing and be unable to free themselves.

  • Empty and store all buckets out of children's reach.


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