Sum­mer safety

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

I WRITE to you to ask all read­ers to take the great­est of care when chil­dren are in or around wa­ter.

Royal Life Sav­ing’s lat­est cam­paign “Keep Watch” urges all par­ents not to be com­pla­cent.

Lat­est re­search shows that 461 chil­dren un­der the age of five have died in Aus­tralia over the past 15 years due to drown­ing. Of these, half the drown­ings were in home pools or spas.

In 100 per cent of child drown­ing cases in home swimming pools, ac­tive adult su­per­vi­sion had ei­ther lapsed or was en­tirely ab­sent.

Drown­ing is pre­ventable. We ask all read­ers to fol­low the four Keep Watch key ac­tions to pre­vent tod­dler drown­ing: al­ways ac­tively su­per­vise all chil­dren around wa­ter, reg­u­larly check and main­tain your pool fence and gate, teach chil­dren wa­ter aware­ness and learn CPR.

I wish all read­ers a happy and safe sum­mer. — Justin Scarr, CEO, Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety – Aus­tralia

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