Drowning and Drain Entrapment

Prevent drowning poster


Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death for people of all ages.

Prevent Drowning

  • Stay close, be alert, and watch children in and around the pool.
  • Know how to perform CPR.
  • Have life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles available for use.

If Someone is Drowning

  • Call 911 for help.
  • If you are able to remove the person from the water, begin rescue breathing and give CPR as needed.

Drain Entrapment

Drain entrapment can happen when the body, limbs, hair, or clothing become entangled in a faulty drain.

Prevent Entrapment

  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
  • Make sure loose items such as long hair, clothing, or jewelry are not dangling when swimming in a pool or sitting in a spa.
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers.
  • Know where the pool or spa pump switch is and how to turn it off.

If Someone Becomes Entrapped

  • Turn off the pump immediately.
  • Do not pull the person away from the drain. Insert fingers or a small object between the drain and the person’s body to break the seal and roll the person off until they are free.
  • Call 911 for help.