Risks to children in and around water this summer

Parents and Carers information

With summer fast approaching have you considered the risks to your child in and around water?

REMEMBER: A child of any age can drown in just a few inches of water within seconds. This can happen silently and without a splash, but by taking a few simple steps you can significantly reduce the risk of your child having an accident.

Please consider your surroundings weather at home or away.

  • Stay with your baby all the time when they’re in the bath, even if there is an older brother or sister in the bath with them.
  • If you or areas where you may visit have a pond your young child or baby will be safer if you fill it in, fence it off or securely cover it.  As well as making sure your garden is secure, so your child can’t get to the neighbour’s pond.
  • All children need to be supervised in and around water. They might understand instructions but are likely to forget if they are having fun or are excited.
  • Teach older children to choose safe places to swim, such as public pools and beaches patrolled by lifeguards, rather than canals, gravel pits and rivers.

For further information and resources about water safety please clink on the links below.

http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/parentscarers/childsafety/watersafety.aspx

https://www.capt.org.uk/drowning