Prevent your child from drowning @ Bath Time
On average, five children under the age of five drown in bathtubs each year. In 2016/17, seven children under the age of five drowned in bath tubs or spa baths. The majority of bathtub drowning deaths in Australia are of children less than two years old who were already in the bathtub when they drowned.
Keep Watch @ Bath Time aims to prevent bathtub drowning by ensuring parents never leave children alone in the bath. The program educates parents on how to keep children safe at bath time by:
- Ensuring parents and carers are prepared with everything they need for bathing before entering the bathroom
- Actively supervising children at all times when in the bath
- Emptying the bath and closing the bathroom door when it is not in use
- Using bath time as a time for water awareness
Baby Bath Aids
Bath aids provide support for your child while leaving your hands free to wash the child. But they do not allow a baby to be left unsupervised in the bathroom. Unfortunately, babies have drowned in Australia when using bath aids, usually when the child’s carer leaves the room to answer the phone, the door or attend to another task. It is never safe to leave your child alone in a bath even with a bath aid.
In 2005, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, worked together to produce a brochure informing the public about how to use baby bath aids and the dangers involved. Baby bath aids are not a safety device and should not be used as a substitute for adult supervision.
The brochure and poster are part of an ACCC safety awareness campaign for use of baby bath aids and include some simple safeguards at bath time to reduce bathtub drowning hazards when using a bath aid.