Most parents associate drowning with the summer months, but the increased use of hot tubs and whirlpools as well as the danger of hidden bodies of water or weak ice make winter drownings a risk as well. To minimize drowning dangers, parents and caregivers should:
- Supervise children in or near a pool, hot tub or any open body of water.
- Beware of children overheating in hot tubs and whirlpools.
Make sure pools and spas are secure. If you have a pool or spa, install four-sided isolation fencing that is at least five feet high. The fence should have a self-closing and self-latching gate. Do not use the exterior of the house as one side of the fence.