Keeping kids safe around water

Over the past 10 years, most drownings in Australia have happened in rivers, creeks and streams, the 2015 Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report revealed.

Inland waterways like these are commonplace on Australian farms and can present a serious risk to your family and friends, and your local community’s safety.

When children are growing up on, or visiting farms, it is essential that they are always properly supervised around any bodies of water.

Here are 8 things you need to remember, to keep your kids safe around water on the farm:

  • Children under 5 are most at risk of drowning on farms
  • Visiting children are usually more at risk than those at home
  • Always supervise children: stay within arm’s reach of them at all times
  • Securely fence off the area between the house and dam, creek or other body of water
  • From an early age, teach your children about water safety and how to swim
  • Learn and practice CPR
  • Teach your child not to go near the dam, creek or other body of water without you
  • Where you can, make sure there are no climbable objects near or beside bodies of water.

For more information about keeping the little ones safe on the farm, click here.

To read the 2015 Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report, click here.