Water Safety at Home

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Water Safety at Home

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Water safety is paramount all around the home, especially for those with toddlers and young children. Small children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water, so we’re not only talking about those who can afford an “Olympic Size Swimming Pool” here, we’re talking everybody with a bath tub, a toilet, a bucket, a fish pond and a puddle. Around 30% of children who die between the ages of 1 and 4, die from drowning, and many more are admitted to the emergency room each year.  You don’t have to take your eyes off them for more than a few minutes either, it can happen so quickly that you shouldn’t take your eyes off toddlers for more than couple of seconds.

Keep Your Family Safe Around Water

Remember these few facts to help you to keep your family safe around water all of the time.

  • Do not leave children unsupervised around water, not even for a minute. That means under the scrutiny of an adult, children should not be left to supervise younger siblings.

  • Keep your eyes on your kids around water and don’t allow yourself to be distracted.

  • Clean up any standing water around the home – don’t leave pails of water or large collections of water from overnight storms where your kids can get to them. We all know that kids love to splash in puddles, but make sure that they are not left alone while they’re doing it.

  • Restrict access to water for children. This means bathrooms and backyards. If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool then it should be fenced off securely so that the children can’t get to it without supervision, and make sure that the bathroom door is closed when not in use, and the toilet lid is down.

  • Give your children rules and guidelines to follow, and let them know the consequences of breaking those rules.

  • Water wings and inflatable toys are not a method of keeping your child safe and cannot be relied upon to do so. You need to watch at all times.

  • Swimming lessons are great, and even very young children can learn to swim but don’t think that it’s the end of the job as far as you’re concerned. You still need to supervise your children around water.

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