Pre-schooler drownings typically occur when a child is allowed out of sight and reach of a caregiver; in the bath, paddling pool, or bucket – or larger bodies of water such as in a beach, lake or river.
No children under-five should be drowning in this country.
Keep under fives within arm’s reach at all times.
It only takes sixty seconds and around five centimetres of water for a child to drown.
Always empty and store paddling pools and water containers after use and ensure you have a safely fenced play area
Identify water hazards in and around your home and ensure your children can’t reach them
If you're in a group of people, ensure you have an active supervision roster so you know who is watching the children at all times
Make sure older children don’t have to take responsibility for younger children
Teach your children water safety behaviour from as soon as they are old enough to understand, things like: ‘Never go near the water unless you’re with a grown up’
To learn more about how to keep your children safe while in or around the water take a look at the links below.