A five year old boy recently drowned in a dam in the Eastern Cape; a sad loss of life and a stark reminder that we as parents need to be vigilant and use our common sense when in and around water.
As much as we at Swim Baby Swim are about sharing the joy of swimming, we also strive to build awareness of the benefits and the dangers of being around water, in essence teaching a core life skill that does save lives… Don’t be afraid of water, but respect it.
Always be on the lookout for potential water dangers or risks in and around the house. It’s great to see active children around the house, but always be sure not to be distracted or lose concentration whilst supervising young children.
There are many potential water hazards around the home. Below are just a few:
- Unfenced or uncovered swimming pools
- Washing machines
- Fish ponds
- Baths or spa baths
- Any stagnant water – it only takes a few teaspoons of water
Remember to always take precautions like emptying paddling pools when not in use, installing safety barriers, covering your pool and supervising children in the bath, etc. Drownings happen in a matter of seconds, so always, always be vigilant and respect the mighty force of water.
C’mon get your cozzie and take your Little Swimmer off to the pool to share the joy of swimming.