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