Written by Jo Wilson from Swim Works
Did you know babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water? It’s hard to believe when you think just how shallow that is, but this National Child Safety Week is the perfect time to think about how we can keep our little ones safe in and around water.
Most babies and small children who drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden so not leaving babies alone in or near water, even for a moment, is best. Scarily, babies drown silently so you might not even hear any noise or struggle. It’s such a horrible thing to even think about, but having it at the front of your mind will keep you more mindful of the dangers.
Here’s a few quick tips from the Child Accident Prevention Trust, especially with summer coming up:
- Always empty your paddling pool after use
- If you’re visiting friends, ask about ponds or water nearby and be alert
- Explain to older children why they should never swim in rivers or canals
- At the beach, teach older children to swim between the two-coloured red and yellow flags that mark the areas with lifeguards
- And keep children off inflatables when an orange windsock’s flying – the water might look calm but a wind blowing off the land can quickly sweep inflatables out to sea.