Adult alert plea
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.