Drowning can occur in less than one inch of water, making bathtubs, sinks, pools and even buckets a source of great danger.

For safety, it's essential to prevent situations that may lead to accidents. 

  • NEVER leave small children alone in the bath. Ignore the phone and doorbell or take the child along.  
  • Empty baths, tubs and other containers after use or, when full, keep behind locked doors. 
  • Always fit lids firmly on buckets of water. Too many children have drowned in nappy buckets. 
  • It’s also important that children should learn how to swim as soon as possible. Once they do, they should never swim alone. Children who cannot swim should stay away from places where they can drown. Remember buoyancy aids such as inflatable wings, tubes, etc., are only aids. Don't rely solely on their protection. A
  • Warn against boisterous play in or near water. A dam wall or the area around a swimming pool is no place for riding a bicycle.

Swimming pools must be properly fenced off and have a childproof lock on the gate. The gate must never be left open. Remember to empty paddling pools when not in use.

REMEMBER Scalding is also an issue with hot water – always test water first and keep hot water out of reach of children.