Swimming Pool Safety

A pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the unintentional death of children aged 4 and under. To prevent a child drowning in swimming pools, abide by the following:

  • Never leave your child alone in or around a swimming pool or a spa
  • Keep a telephone, emergency phone numbers and rescue equipment at the poolside
  • Teach children water safety habits. Children should not run, push others under water, jump on others, dive or jump in shallow water or swim during lightning storms or other bad weather
  • Teach children how to swim. Enrol children in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors when your child is ready, usually after age 3. But keep in mind that lessons don't make your child 'drown-proof'

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Last updated: Friday 26 July 2013