Water Safety


You just have to look through my photo reel from the past few months to realise how much a water baby Raff is becoming. Big sister Sunday was the same – whether it be the bath, a pool, a sprinkler in the backyard, the beach…my kids are happiest when surrounded by some water. This makes me happy and a little bit anxious at the same time. We have been living with a backyard pool for nearly a year now, and as much as we love the luxury of being able to cool off whenever we want, we are making sure to be super vigilant with water safety. The first thing we did when we purchased the house was have the council visit and inspect the fence and gate. We soon discovered everything needed to be replaced, including the timber boundary fences around our property. It was an expensive exercise but totally worth it for a little more peace of mind.

This Summer, Royal Lifesaving is urging parents not to be complacent about their child’s safety around water. In conjunction with the Keep Watch program, Royal Lifesaving Australia has launched new research to help ensure parents and carers remain more vigilant around water.

Over the last ten years, over 330 Australian children under the age of five drowned. That’s an alarming number…while all of these drowning deaths are preventable, it is the 50% that occur in home swimming pools where our actions can make a difference. Home pool fencing and effective supervision can reduce these tragic drowning deaths to zero. I came across some handy information on the Royal Lifesaving Society website:

A safe swimming pool fence:

– is at least 1.2 m high

– is strong and secure and in good working order

– has vertical bars no more than 100 mm apart

– has horizontal bars at least 900 mm apart

A safe swimming pool gate:

– must open outwards from the pool

– must be self-closing and self-latching, and must latch shut on the first swing

– the latch must be more than 1.5 m high from the ground

As parents, Mark and I also make sure we never prop the gate open (ever), and keep the area clear by removing any items like pot plants and chairs, which the kids could use to climb the pool fence. We also watch the kids constantly, and never leave the pool area without taking them both with us. Sunday is old enough to understand the safety rules, and I’m pleased to say she’s really good with following them, that’s not to say we don’t remind her of them constantly.

I think this is a really thought provoking clip worth watching:

I think the tagline WATER. IT’S ONLY SAFE WHILE YOU’RE WATCHING sums it up perfectly. In summary, let’s all stay vigilant around water for the kids these holidays, and get those drowning numbers down to ZERO.

To find out more please visit www.keepwatch.com.au

Briar x



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