Make sure you can always Reach, See and Hear young children under your responsibility in and around water. Be aware of all potential water hazards, put appropriate safety precautions in place and be prepared.
This is the plea from WaterSafe Auckland (WAI) in an effort to prevent children drowning over the coming holiday season.
“Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children in New Zealand,” says WAI Business Manager Teresa Stanley, “and we want to avoid a repeat of last year’s 14 preschool drowning deaths.”
The good news is that drowning is preventable and as holiday plans are made WAI want parents and caregivers to think about the simple things they can do to help keep their children safe from drowning.
“Most importantly,” says Teresa, “is that they should always ensure there is a designated adult to actively supervise children at all times and that means being within sight and reach, without distraction.”
You can also help minimise the risks by identifying potential water hazards and addressing them where possible she says.
“This includes the portable spa or swimming pool that might be lurking under your Christmas tree that will also need to be fenced, just like an in-ground pool,” she says.
With a little planning and care families can enjoy their time around water these holidays.
For more information, contact
WaterSafe Auckland Inc.
P 027 285 9045
Safety tips to keep children safer around water this summer