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Did you know that Texas is #1 in the nation for child pool drownings, or that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4? This year, we are asking all parents to Lifeguard your child around water.

Be a lifesaver. Share these messages.

Swimming season is here! In hopes of helping to prevent more drownings, we have developed a social media toolkit for you.

Social media toolkit

Please feel free to use our messaging or create your own. To use our messaging, all you have to do is copy the messages we've provided below and insert the appropriate photo into whichever social media site you use. We do ask that you keep #LifeguardYourChild in the message.

Thank you for being interested in sharing information about drowning prevention!

Drowning is silent
Drownings happen with many people around AND in less than two mins #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Drowning is silent

Stay off phone
When water watching, use your phone only for 911 if needed #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Stay off phone

Watch your child
Get in the water, be within arm’s reach & watch them. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Watch your child

No floaties
Air filled items are considered toys, not life-saving devices #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

No floaties

Approved life vest
Not just any life vest will do. Check the tag. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Approved life vest

Keep life vest on
Keep your child's life vest on as you gather your things. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Keep life vest on

Pool barriers
The more layers of protection you have, the safer your child. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Pool barriers

Four sided fencing
The more barriers between your child & water, the safer they will be. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Four sided fencing

Swimming lessons
Parents, not just kids, need to know how to swim. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Swimming lessons

CPR Lessons
CPR can be the difference between life and death. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Water Watcher
If you have multiple adults, take 15-min shifts watching the kids. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Check the pool first
Drownings can happen in less than two minutes. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Drowning clean-up time
Have your child wear a @USCG life vest to the car before removing it. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Puddle jumpers
Puddle Jumpers are a @USCG approved lifesaving device, but floaties are not. #CheckTheLabel #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Not U.S. Coast Guard approved
Not all wearable "flotation" gear is a lifesaving device. #CheckTheLabel #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Check the label
What a @USCG approved label looks like, be sure your child’s life vest has one. #CheckTheLabel #LifeguardYourChild bit.ly/LifeguardYourChildt

Lock the gate
Be sure your pool gates are properly locked whenever you are not using the area. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Lifeguard your child
Watch your children diligently around water. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Texas is No. 1
#DYK that Texas is #1 in the nation for child pool drownings? #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

This is a Water Watcher
Drowning is silent. Designate a Water Watcher to watch children in and around all water. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Not a life saving device
Commonly used floaties are not a lifesaving device. Use a @USCG approved life vest. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

Strong swimmers can still drown
Swimming lessons are just one layer of protection. #LifeguardYourChild http://bit.ly/LifeguardYourChild

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Help us spread the word, update your social media profiles

Update your profile with any of these images to help us spread the word and prevent another child from drowning.

"Be a lifesaver" Facebook profile photo
"Lifeguard your child" Facebook cover photo
"Lifeguard your child" Twitter background photo

Drowning testimonials and public service announcement

Layers of protection (video tips)

Prepare for the swim season with these simple steps:

Install four-sided fences with self-latching gates.

  • Four-sided isolation fencing around home pools could prevent 50 percent to 90 percent of childhood drownings and near-drowning incidents.
  • The fence should be at least 4 feet (preferably 5 feet) high with a self-closing/self-latching gate that only opens out.
  • Reroute any doggie doors that have direct access to the pool area too.
  • Pool and spa covers should be sturdy enough to support the weight of a child or multiple children.
  • Latches should be properly locked whenever you are not using the area.
Pool locks

Use pool/door/child alarms.

  • Door and window alarms can give you the valuable seconds needed to keep your children from getting outside to the pool. Make sure to alarm any windows and doors that open directly into the pool area.
  • Pool surface alarms are also a great option to alert you if anyone/anything falls into the pool. You can even put an alarm on your child that will alert you if they are submersed.
Pool alarm

Wear life vests with U.S. Coast Guard-approved labels.

  • As your child grows, the lifejacket needs to meet their new weight. Get a new lifejacket if there are rips and tears or fraying of the straps. Look for the words "U.S. Coast Guard Approved" or "USCG Approved on the jacket."
  • Any items filled with air (arm floaties, rafts, etc.) are considered toys and not a life saving device.
Life vests

Insist on adult, non-distracted Water Watchers.

  • Children drown silently, so designate a Water Watcher to watch children in and around all water. A Water Watcher Tag is used to designate responsible adults to watch the water when you have a party at the pool, lake or beach. At social gatherings, 10-15 minute shifts are recommended for Water Watchers. During that time, Water Watchers should not be distracted by conversations, cell phones, reading, etc.
  • Always check the pool first for missing kids ... seconds count!
  • Send an email to dana.walraven@cookchildrens.org to request your Water Watcher tags.
Water watcher

Take family CPR lessons.

  • Learning CPR can be the difference between life and death while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • Check your local Red Cross and YMCA for classes.
CPR training

Schedule water safety and swim lessons.

  • Drownings and near drownings are 8 times more likely to happen to children that don't know how to swim or are being supervised by adults that don't know how to swim.
  • Learning how to swim and practicing proper water safety techniques are crucial but children that know how to swim are still at risk.
  • Need help finding swim lessons? Check out this list of providers in the Tarrant County area. If you're not in Tarrant County, you may want to contact your local YMCA, Red Cross, or parks and recreation center for information in your area.
Swim lessons

Create and follow all pool rules.

Pool rules

Update pool drains and cleaning systems.

Pool drain

Thank you!

A special thank you to all of our partner cities working with us on drowning prevention efforts. We are so grateful for your support in this year's Lifeguard Your Child campaign.

Map of partners

More information

For more information on our drowning prevention efforts in the community, please contact Dana Walraven, Safe Kids Tarrant County coordinator at 682-885-1619 or email safe.kids@cookchildrens.org.

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