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Always supervise children around water

30 Nov 2017

Council is reminding the Whitehorse community to apply the key rules of water safety when children are around water this summer.

Whitehorse Councillor Andrew Davenport said drowning was the most common cause of preventable death for children under five years of age in Victoria, so close supervision of children around was paramount.

“Rule number one is to never take your eyes off children around water. Keep children aged five and under within arm’s reach so you can react quickly if something goes wrong, and take children with you when you leave the water area,” Cr Davenport said.

Other safety measures include:

As well as teaching children how to swim, water familiarisation lessons can help children understand water safety. Both Aqualink Box Hill and Aqualink Nunawading offer Learn to Swim Programs. For further information, visit www.aqualink.com.au

Learn resuscitation and update skills annually to enable you to respond to an emergency.

All swimming pools and spas capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water are legally required to have suitable independent four sided child resistant safety barriers.

Remove hazards such as pot plants and chairs well away from pool fences so that children can’t climb on them and over the fence.

Do not prop any doors or gates open that allow children access to a body of water.

It’s wise to keep resuscitation how-to posters on display around pools and spas.

For information about pool fencing visit www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumer-resources/building/pages/swimming-pools and www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Pool-Spa-Safety-Barriers.html

Aqualink Nunawading and Aqualink Box Hill are accredited Watch Around Water facilities. That means that:

  • Children under five must be constantly supervised and remain within arm’s reach. If your child is in the water, you must be in the water with them.
  • Children five to 10 years must be accompanied into Aqualink and constantly supervised by a parent/carer. You must have a clear view of your child at all times.

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