Water safety

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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.
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