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Safety – in and around water

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It’s important to keep children safe around water whether in the home, garden or beyond

Sadly, each year in the UK 40-50 children lose their lives each year due to drowning and water related injuries – most of which are preventable. These tips will help you keep your children safe in the bath, pool, or outdoors where there’s water.

Top tips for safety in and around water

Supervise children at all times when they are in or around a water source.

Think about water safety in the home – children can drown rapidly and in small volumes of water – always supervise at bath time and be aware it’s easy to get distracted.

Ensure paddling pools are always emptied when not in use, or securely covered over.

Make your pond safe – use a rigid metal grille across it, fence it off or fill it in

Consider teaching your child to swim – details about public swimming baths, including swimming lessons, can be found here https://www.bradford.gov.uk/sport-and-activities/swimming/swimming-lessons-with-bradford-aquatics/

Be extra vigilant on holiday – beach and pool conditions and safety standards vary considerably throughout the world.

Be informed about the dangers of children playing and swimming in rivers, lakes and reservoirs – especially in the long, hot summer school holidays – cold water temperatures can kill by inducing a rapid and dangerous hypothermia (very low temperature) to the body

Only use inflatables at the swimming pool – in the sea strong currents or winds can rapidly sweep them out to sea.

Lake, pond and river ice is dangerous – children and adults can fall through and drown – teach your children to stay off ice except at the skating rink.

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Further information

Developing children's water safety knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviours

A range of free and paid for advice and downloads for parents and carers from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, including flags and water safety signs and rescue methods.