Water play is fun and a cooling relief in our hot summers, but never leave your child unattended for even a few minutes. A child can drown in a bucket of water by leaning in and getting stuck. Empty inflatables, shells and other temporary water storage devices when finished playing. Enclose pools and spas behind fences with locks, checking with your local Council for minimum fencing requirements. Provide barriers to water features and ponds. Keep hoses packed away to avoid strangulation. Learn resuscitation techniques and keep charts visible in pool areas. Enroll younger and older children in a swim course which also teaches water safety and awareness.
Stay with your child while they are in the bath, if on a stool at the sink or toilet training. Don’t leave to answer the door or phone unless you take them with you. Prepare for bath time before hand by turning on the answering
machine and the oven off. Use safety glass on shower screens and keep sharp or toxic items out of reach.
Hot water can cause painful burns resulting in long term injury and scarring. Hot water taps and pipes are also a risk. Regulate the temperature of your hot water systems so that temperature delivered to all outlets throughout your home is below 50 degrees Celsius. Call a registered plumber if you need assistance. Keep coffee, tea, soups and hot drinks out of children’s reach. Avoid placing drinks on table cloths which children can pull. Keep handles of pots and kettles out of reach.
Watch children at all times. Swimming lessons.