Many children drown each year, even though they know how to swim. Practising these water safety tips around the pool, beach and farms can help prevent deaths
Did you know 5 to 6 children drown each year in farm dams and other bodies of water? Most of these children are aged below 5, and one third are visitors to the farm.
Having a securely fenced house yard or a designated safe play area with child resistant gates and latches is the best way to prevent farm tragedies. This will help stop unsupervised access to farm hazards, such as dams and other dangers.
If children are going to swim in dams, creeks, rivers or lakes, make sure an adult is always supervising them, just like with a pool.
It's important to familiarise yourself with any of these waterways because, unlike the pool, conditions are very changeable.
The murkiness of natural waterways also means that once submerged, a child can be out of sight immediately. Always supervise children from within an ‘arms length’ of where they are swimming or playing in the water.