Play safely by the water

A young woman does CPR on a little boy
A young woman does CPR on a little boy

Amazingly, it only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown, and they can do so in only a few centimetres of water.

Did you know that drowning is one of the major causes of unintentional deaths of Australian children?

Whether it is a swimming pool, river, dam, spa, creek or sea, parents and carers must be vigilant when it comes to children having access to water.

Even objects such as buckets, inflatable/toddler wading pools, backyard ponds, eskies with melted ice and even pets drinking bowls can all pose a hazard as water is a major attraction, especially for young kids.

It is recommended that parents never take their eyes off children around water and they remain in arm’s reach just in case something does go wrong.

Reduce hazards by restricting access to major water ways and pools with fencing, locking doors and chimes if doors are opened.

Make sure there are no hazards such as pots and chair for children to use as a climbing tool over fences etc.

Never let children out of sight – whether it is inside or out, be sure you know where the children are.

Of course, it does not hurt to have your children learning about water safety as soon as they can, it may mean the difference between life or death.

At the beach be aware at all times where the children are located as it can be a scary place, especially if a beach has waves and a strong current.

Finally, it is best if at least one person from your family has learnt how to resusitate.

This story Play safely by the water first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.