Your child's access to water at all times

Restrict. Keep Watch

  • Having barriers around water can slow kids down and give you more time to respond if you lose sight of them
  • Never leave a pool gate propped open and ensure your gate is self-closing and self-latching
  • Prevent access to other water locations by emptying paddle pools, baths and buckets immediately after use

Restricting a child’s access to water can be done by placing a barrier between the child and the water. This can be done by either:

  • Placing a barrier around the water – this includes fencing a pool or spa with a self-closing and self-latching gate, closing the door to the bathroom after use, covering pools, spas, and tanks, placing mesh on water features and fish ponds, and securely fastening lids on nappy buckets. Inflatable pools with a depth greater than 300mm also need to be fenced by law.

Or by,

  • Placing a barrier around the child – This takes the form of a Child Safe Play Area that can be used inside or outside the home and is especially effective for water you cannot fence like dams on farms.

Restricting access when combined with the other Keep Watch actions of Supervise, Teach and Respond are highly effective in preventing child drowning.

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