To avoid drowning, ensure a competent adult is constantly supervising children using flotation and aquatic toys. Flotation toys are not safety devices.
Follow the manufacturer’s age and/or weight recommendations when choosing flotation and aquatic toys for children. For instance, flotation toys for younger children may not be able to support an older child’s body.
Read the warning labels and packaging carefully and follow instructions for proper assembly and use. Children can drown if they don’t use the toys properly or if the toys deflate during swimming.
Children injured while playing with a toy in the water are at greater risk of drowning. If this happens:
take the child and toy out of the water
check that the child is not concussed or seriously injured
keep the child out of the water if there are any signs of illness or injury.