If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing drowning.
Children naturally wander off while playing. If you can’t locate a child, always check nearby water sources first. A child can disappear under water in seconds and drown in a few minutes. If you are indoors, that means check any bathrooms first.
Teach your children water safety from a young age: They can learn to hold their breath underwater first, then learn to swim. Don’t leave them unattended or in the care of another child. Teach your child rules of behavior around any body of water, even if you don’t have a pool or beach nearby. They should know not to go near or into water without being accompanied by an adult.
If you find a child near water and there’s even the possibility that they inhaled water, call 9-1-1 or seek immediate medical assistance.