Why is it hazardous?
Whether it be in the bathroom, in a pool, at the beach, a friend’s house, in your own home or backyard, it is essential for children to be supervised around water. Drowning is one of the major causes of unintentional death in Australian children. The most common place for a child to drown is in the home. Most drowning incidents occur in bathtubs and pools. Babies and toddlers can easily drown in just a few centimetres of water so it is crucial that they are given constant supervision.
Children are naturally attracted to water and they often don’t understand that it could be dangerous. Drowning often happens very quickly. It only takes 20 seconds for a toddler to drown. An alarming 31 children drowned between July 2012 and June 2013. Children are also at risk of being involved in non-fatal drowning’s. These can be dangerous as they can leave children with brain damage and physical disability. Children must be supervised around water at all times by an adult.
It is recommended to follow these guidelines to prevent drowning.
Supervise your children at all times around water
Keep within arms reach from young children in the water
Be sure to have fences around pools
Remove anything next to the pool fence that a child could climb over
Children can drown in dams, so on farms you must supervise them outside
Know the basic rules of resuscitation just in case you ever need it
Be sure that your child doesn’t swim alone
Be sure to supervise them when they are in the bath
Consider installing a pool cover
Enroll your child in swimming lessons