Children on edge of pool

Families

Keep Watch - From 0 to 5 years

As our children grow they become exposed to various risks. As they become “mobile” they have a greater awareness of their surroundings and seek to explore these at every opportunity. This exploratory phase can lead to a child coming
into contact with the swimming pool area.

These areas are normally associated with fun and activity and therefore are a highly desirable location for young children.

By understanding your child’s developmental life stage you can be better prepared to deal with the various risks and hazards that impact specific age groups.

0 TO 11 MONTHS

On average four children aged 0 to 11 months drown every year in Australia. Three quarters of these drowning deaths occur around the home, in bathtubs, backyard swimming pools, buckets and eskies.

Bath time poses one of the highest risks accounting for 72% of all drowning deaths in this age group.

A lack of adequate adult supervision is the main cause of drowning deaths in this life stage.

ACTIONS TO PREVENT YOUR CHILD AGED 0 TO 11 MONTHS FROM DROWNING:

  • Have everything ready for bathing.
  • Keep bath water to a minimum depth.
  • Remain within arm’s reach.
  • Never leave baby alone while in the bath or around water.
  • Update your CPR skills annually.
  • Create a safe play area to restrict your child’s access to water.
  • Empty buckets/containers that can hold water.

1 TO 2 YEARS

On average 21 children aged between 1 and 2 years drown every year in Australia. Many of these incidents occur in a few seconds when parents and carers are distracted.

62% of all drowning deaths occur in home swimming pools which pose the greatest drowning risk. Children commonly access the pool through a faulty fence, a propped open
gate or by climbing on objects such as a table or BBQ.

ACTIONS TO PREVENT YOUR 1-2 YEAR OLD FROM DROWNING:

  • Remain within arm’s reach and never leave your child alone around water.
  • Ensure pool fence is correctly installed, regularly maintained and gate is never left open.
  • Create a safe play area to restrict your child’s access to water.
  • Establish simple rules such as no going near water without an adult.
  • Enrol your child in water familiarisation lessons.
  • Update your CPR skills annually.
  • Empty buckets/containers that can hold water.

3 TO 5 YEARS

Nine children between the ages of 3 and 5 years drown every year in Australia. Almost 50% of all drowning deaths occur in home swimming pools. Boys in this age group are
twice as likely to drown than girls.

Restricting access to water, particularly in homes with swimming pools or easy access to water, is vital. To protect children, correctly install and regularly maintain pool fencing,
and create a safe play area near the home.

ACTIONS TO PREVENT YOUR 3-5 YEAR OLD FROM DROWNING:

  • Remain within arm’s reach and never leave your child alone around water.
  • Ensure pool fence is correctly installed, regularly maintained and gate is never left open.
  • Create a safe play area to restrict your child’s access to water.
  • Enrol your child in water familiarisation lessons and learn to swim classes.
  • Establish simple rules such as no going nearwater without an adult.
  • Update your CPR skills annually.

Click here to download the information brochure for Keep Watch drowning prevention strategies for 0 to 5 year olds.