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Shocking fact – a child can drown in just a few centimetres of water, in a very short space of time. Supervision is always required around water.
Another shocker – drowning is the 3rd highest cause of death in children under the age of 5.
Around a pool
- Always maintain constant visual contact while your child is in the water.
- Older children should not be left to supervise younger siblings.
- Familiarise your child with water – take your child to infant aquatics classes so they can develop water confidence.
- Fence your pool – a pool fence is essential as a barrier between the water and your child.
- Inflatable toys are not life saving devices and do not keep your child safe.
- Ensure there are no power lines or other electrical equipment near or around the pool or swimming area.
- Normal nappies should not be worn in the water as they are unhygienic and can weigh the child down. Rather use a specialised product like Huggies® Little Swimmers.
- Check that the depth of the water is marked and be careful when jumping or diving into water.
- At parties and gatherings nominate a person to be the designated child watcher, so there is no confusion. If that person leaves, they must nominate someone else.
- Don’t leave paddling pools in the garden.
- Never leave a child alone around your pool, even for a few minutes to answer the phone etc.
- Never allow yourself to be distracted while watching children around the pool.
- Learn to perform child CPR – lives can be saved by immediate, effective First Aid.
- As soon as your child is old enough, swimming lessons are a must.
In the bathroom
- Keep the bathroom door shut. If it has a lock, ensure you can open this from both sides. Remove the key from the door after you’ve locked it. Hang on the top of the doorframe – out of reach of little hands.
- Remember to lower the toilet seats. There are toilet seat guards available at hardware stores.
- Never leave your children unattended in the bath.
- Even bath seats require constant supervision.
- Don’t use a bath on a stand once your baby can stand up.
- Use a non-slip mat in the bath and on the floor.
- Turn your hot water down to a maximum of 50ºC or less.
- Always place cold water in the bath first and test before using.
- Always empty the bath when done.
- Lock away all medicines. Lock all cleaning products away. Install child locks on medicine cupboards. Also store razors and other hazardous products out of reach.
- Cover nappy bucket with a secure lid and keep the bathroom door closed.
- Make sure that the shower door is made of safety glass.
- Avoid using detachable toilet cleaners in the toilet bowl.
- Never use electrical equipment in the bathroom.