Learn the 5 Layers of Protection

Learn the 5 Layers of Protection

Water safety is a lifelong endeavor, and it only takes a few minutes to learn these 5 Layers of Protection and help save a life.

Drowning is the single leading cause of death for children 1-4. It can happen to anyone, but the risk is greatest for children. Drowning happens quickly and quietly, so no single prevention strategy is enough. Click to learn all 5 Layers of Protection. By learning this information, you can prevent a tragedy and save a life.

Know the 5 Layers of Protection

Prevent the tragedy of drowning by implementing the 5 layers of protection.

Barriers & Alarms

Barriers & Alarms
It's important to use four-sided fencing with self-closing, self-latching gates, pool safety covers, and alarm systems, to help prevent children and unauthorized adults from accessing water unsupervised.

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Supervision

Supervision
Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings with close, constant, and capable adult supervision from a designated water watcher or lifeguard anytime children are in or around water.

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Water Competency

Water Competency
Every child and adult should be equipped with the skills to protect themselves in water by learning and enhancing their basic water safety skills to reduce the risk of drowning and aquatic-related injuries.

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Life Jackets

Life Jackets
When used appropriately, life jackets protect you when you are not expecting to be in the water, especially around open water. Ensure your life jackets are tested & approved by the USCG.

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Emergency Preparation

Emergency Preparation
Knowing how to prepare for an emergency with CPR training with rescue breaths and basic water rescue skills can make the difference between life and death. Have a phone available and ready to call 911.

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Layers Work Together

Layers of Protection
Water safety isn’t just during swim time. Each layer should be used together when in or around water to help reduce the risk of drowning. You never know which layer will save a life.

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A Program Made Possible by The Chuck & Ernestina Kreutzkamp Foundation’s Initiative to End Childhood Drowning

The CEK Foundation - Initiative to End Childhood Drowning

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