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Keeping your child safe from drowning

Water safety for childrenYoung children can be fascinated by water, and swimming is great for a child’s health and fitness. 

Here are some tips to make sure that their time in the water is fun and safe.  

Did you know?

Babies and toddlers drown silently and can drown in as little as 5cm of water. Even rainwater collecting in a bucket can be a danger for a small child.

Most drownings involving two to three-year-olds happen in the home and garden.

A wind blowing off the land makes the sea look flat and calm but it can sweep airbeds or inflatable toys out to sea dangerously quickly.

Young children can also drown in swimming pools. In the last six years, 30 children under 10 have drowned in a hotel or villa pool abroad. This usually happens when they wander away from their parents and fall into the pool.

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