With summer upon us we as parents must be diligent with our babies and children around the water. It only takes a few centimeters for a young child to drown. We must be constantly “on guard” near water around the home and not leave temptations lying around.

Babies and young children are inquisitive by nature and this can put them in danger.

Have you thought about the drowning hazards around your home? It is worthwhile spending time going around your place on your hands and knees to see it from your child’s level. This is also a great way to look for dangers other than water.

The most obvious hazard people think about is the pool. Does the gate close properly? Are the fences secured? Are there any pots or chairs etc that they could stand on the climb or open the gate? Don’t leave balls or toys floating in the pool as young children will find it difficult to resist the temptation of these.

Other dangers around the outside of a home could include, buckets of water, dog bowls, holes dug in the garden filled up by rain.

On the inside think about nappy buckets, toilet bowls and the bath. Always empty the bath before you take your child out, to prevent you being sidetracked before getting back to it.

So precious are our children we must protect them as they live unaware of the dangers surrounding them. Innocence is bliss but knowledge is power.



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  • Definitely eliminate all water from your home and yard unless you can be eagle eyed 24/7 with your kids. It’s just not worth the risk


  • If your little one falls or slips down in water face down it takes very little to drown a baby, toddler or older child. Even an adult can drown if they lose consciousness with the nose partially in the water. They can inhale it into their lungs and it can cause secondary drowning


  • Such a fantastic article to remind parent s about water safety.
    My neighbor thinks I’m strange because I won’t swim with my toddler in our pool without another adult present. If I was to slip in the pool and hit my head, we could both drown. Better to be safe than sorry


  • should be very careful with kids with water around, good tips.


  • It is so easy to miss some of the sources of drowning in your home. Particularly the bath – you watch them vigilantly when they are in it and so easily forget to take out the plug.


  • yes people over look nappy buckets but i have a family friend who’s child drowned in one. so sad! please be wary


  • thank you for sharing


  • Being alert to water hazards inside the home is so important, particularly in everyday household situations like soaking buckets etc that don’t hold a great deal of water but can still cause a drowning.


  • Teaching kids to swim is just one part of water safety.


  • great tips for those with pools, will share this around


  • Thanks you for sharing such wonderful tips!


  • thank you sharing this article good read


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


  • Great article and a very important issue.


  • Thanks – for your important message


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