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.
Around a Pool
- Always maintain constant visual contact while you 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.
- In Australia – Swimming pools must at all times be surrounded by a child-resistant barrier conforming with Australian Standard 1926.
- In New Zealand – All home pools including spa pools must comply with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.
- 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.
- Nappies should not be worn in the water as they are unhygienic and can weigh the child down.
- 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.
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In the Bathroom
- Keep the bathroom door shut. If it has a lock, ensure you can open this from the outside.
- Remember to close the toilet seat.
- Never leave your children unattended in the bath.
- Bath seats require constant supervision.
- Don’t use a bath on a stand once your baby can stand up.
- Use a non-slip mat.
- Turn your hot water down to a maximum of 50°C to avoid scalds.
- Run cold water through the tap just before turning the water off to ensure the tap has cooled down.
- Test the temperature of the water before placing baby in.
In the Laundry
- Keep the laundry door shut.
- Ensure soaking buckets and tubs have secure lids in place.