7 drowning hazards to know this summer

Kinderling News & Features

In a country like Australia, with plenty of places for a cooling swim, paddle or splash, we need to be hyper vigilant with our kids. We know it only takes a few moments for a child to drown. Here a few reminders of places that need constant supervision this season.

1. In the bath

Recently there's been a large increase in the number of children drowning in baths so you need to be extra careful in the home with little ones by not leaving them unattended and draining the water when finished.

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2. Swimming pools and spas

76% of all drowning deaths in Australia for children under 5 occur from falls into the water. Even if you have a pool fence you need to ensure children are supervised at all times and flotation devices are worn to prevent accidents from happening.

3. At the beach

Summer beach time is fun but did you know that the most drownings occur this season in Australia - with December the worst month? So be careful this holiday period on the beach, swim between the flags, watch your little ones and make sure they're wearing a back bubble or arm bands.

4. Full buckets and bowls

You might not think much about your dog's bowl of water on the ground or a bucket soaking clothes in the laundry, but small children can still drown in really small containers so be sure to not leave any lying around - including in the shower.

5. Fish ponds and water features

Little kids are terribly curious and love interesting things like animals and water fountains. Whether they're just looking or trying to catch a fish, they can easily fall in so be mindful if you have any of these at home, ensure there are barriers in place and that they're never left unsupervised.

6. Outdoor rain-filled containers

Buckets, wheel barrows, sand pit shells, empty pot plants and even a tarpaulin can accidentally collect water and pose a drowning threat to your small child. So try not to leave any containers outside and be sure to empty any if there is rainfall.

7. Natural bodies of water

Creeks, rivers, lakes and streams - just like the sea and other large bodies of water, children can easily fall in and drown or suffer from brain damage from lack of oxygen. Just because there's no roaring surf it doesn't mean it's any less dangerous so be sure to stick to your little one's side on any nature adventures.

This article was originally published on Babyology.