When it comes to water safety, nannies must be extremely vigilant. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water. Children can drown in toilets, buckets, bathtubs, hot tubs, spas, pools, ponds, lakes, oceans and kiddie pools. Any container holding water, including buckets and large pails, is a drowning hazard and should be emptied after each use. It is important to note that because toddlers are top heavy, they cannot easily free themselves should they fall into a bucket type container.
When in and around water, nannies should always practice touch supervision. A child that is more than an arm’s length away is too far away. While many parents provide floating devices, such as arm floaties for their children to use while swimming, these are not Coast Guard approved flotation devices. Only properly fitting and Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices or life jackets should be used as flotation devices when in open bodies of water.