Adult alert plea

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

I URGE all read­ers en­joy­ing this sum­mer around pools and WA’s other beau­ti­ful wa­ter bod­ies to en­sure an adult is al­ways ded­i­cated to su­per­vise chil­dren in these en­vi­ron­ments.

On av­er­age four chil­dren un­der the age of five drown in WA each year and the Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA doesn’t want this new year to be­come tinged with grief for any West Aus­tralian fam­i­lies by the loss of a pre­cious child.

Young chil­dren are nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous and at­tracted to wa­ter, but they are too young to un­der­stand the con­cept of dan­ger, mak­ing su­per­vi­sion vi­tal.

Chil­dren drown quickly and silently, usu­ally with­out call­ing out for help. Ac­tive adult su­per­vi­sion is the num­ber one action we can take to keep our chil­dren safe.

I would urge all those en­joy­ing par­ties and bar­be­cues around wa­ter this sum­mer to des­ig­nate a child su­per­vi­sor, or more than one if the party in­volves a large group, to watch all chil­dren and be ready to take action should one of these chil­dren get into trou­ble in the wa­ter.

I would like to thank those un­sung heroes who step up to will­ingly take on this role be­cause their ef­forts are key to the safety of chil­dren en­joy­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

I would urge all read­ers to thank those in their fam­ily who take on this role as they put aside some of their en­joy­ment to safe­guard our pre­cious chil­dren. Peter Leaversuch, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA.

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