Active supervision of your child at all times when she is in or near water is very important. Other important safety behaviours to reduce the risk of a drowning incident are listed below.
Avoid the use of a bath seat or a bath ring. Bath seats and rings have been attributed to a number of drowning incidents in infants and young children and their use is not recommended.
Never leave an infant or young child in the care of an older child when in or near water, including paddling pools and in the bathroom.
Put an eye and hook lock on the outside of the bathroom door, up high and out of reach of young children, to keep them out of the bathroom without adult supervision. Drain water out of sinks and bathtubs immediately after they are used and install locks on toilet seat lids.
Paddling pools must always be supervised. Completely empty and turn upside down any paddling pool that is not being actively supervised by an adult.
Ensure all backyard pools have fencing on all four sides that is at least four feet high and cannot be accessed by children. Teach children not to go in or near the pool without an adult.
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