Safe Kids Offers Swim Safety Tips and Free Lessons to Children in Thornton Neighborhood


One year ago this week, a 4-year-old boy drowned in a neighborhood pool in Thornton. Now, Safe Kids Denver Metro at Children's Hospital Colorado is helping to prevent similar tragedies by offering free swim lessons at the mobile home community.

Susan Yates, prevention and education coordinator for the group, discusses swim safety with 9News.

Watch the 9News story about Safe Kids' efforts to prevent swim accidents.

Swim safety tips from Safe Kids Denver:

  • Take swim lessons if you don’t know how to swim. Sign your kids up for lessons as soon as they are old enough.
  • Actively supervise children in and around water. Infants and toddlers should always be within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Teach children to swim with a partner and never swim alone.
  • Learn CPR to be confident you know how to quickly respond to a drowning emergency.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are swimming or watching children in the water.
  • Swimming aids such as water wings and noodles are toys – not for safety. Don’t use them in place of life jackets or lessons.

Learn more about Safe Kids Denver Metro.