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Water Safety

Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death of Australian children under five. On average, one small child drowned every week in Australia over the last 10 years. For every Queensland toddler who drowns, approximately 14 others are taken to hospital emergency departments.

To prevent accidents, all children should be taught to swim at an early age and be made familiar with water and its dangers.

Many drowning occur in the few seconds that parents are distracted. Supervision is our best weapon against the accidental drowning of small children. 'Constant supervision' means your child is being continuously watched by you or a responsible carer without distraction.

Always remember:

  • Regardless of what you are doing, keep watch when children are in or near a swimming pool.
  • Never leave children alone in the pool area.
  • Floatation devices are no substitute for constant supervision.
  • The installation and maintenance of a pool fence reduces the incidence of toddler drownings

What can I do to help prevent drowning?

Ensure all pool fences comply with regulations
Ensure all pool fences are well maintained
Ensure all pools are fenced, regardless of their location
Display warning signs advising that a new pool is under construction
Display CPR procedures signs near pools

What else can I do?

Teach children to swim
Constantly supervise children near swimming pools
Learn CPR and first aid skills

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