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STAY WATER SAFE

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Royal Life Saving is asking all Australian­s with swimming pools to use the coming weeks to check their pool fencing to protect young children from drowning.

In the past decade, more than half of all children aged 0-4 who drowned in Australia lost their lives in a backyard swimming pool. Children who drowned often gained access to the pool area through a fence or gate which had fallen into disrepair or a gate which had been deliberate­ly propped open.

We know families are under a lot of pressure with lockdowns in place in many parts of Australia. The demands of constant supervisio­n are exhausting.

But close supervisio­n is the best way to protect a child from drowning.

Our research shows any distractio­ns, such as using mobile phones or doing household chores, while children are near water increases their risk of drowning.

A pool fence in good repair can give you precious minutes when a determined toddler unexpected­ly wanders off towards the pool.

Almost 40 per cent of child drowning happens in the coming months which is why now is the time to get your backyard swimming pool prepared.

We want all Australian­s to have fun in the water and stay safe this summer. Please take the time to do a backyard pool safety check – your actions today could save a child’s life.

Justin Scarr, CEO, Royal Life Saving

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