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Council reminds parents of the drowning risks for under 5’s

18 June 2018

In support of this Drowning Prevention Week, led by The Royal Life Saving Society, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are highlighting the dangers of water particularly for children under 5.

The Council want to remind parents and carers that it is never okay to leave children unattended in and around water. Accidents can happen so quickly but can easily be prevented.  Often when we think of children and the risk of drowning we relate this to a swimming pool or open waters however, the stark reality is that most babies and young children who drown do so at home in the bath or in the garden and it can happen in as little as 3-5cm of water.

Young children don’t yet appreciate the risks posed by water so are relying on adults to keep them safe. Make sure you take these simple steps to reduce the risk of drowning:

  • Never leave a child unattended in the bath or playing in a paddling pool – even for a second
  • Bath seats are not a safety aid
  • Use a non-slip mat in the bath
  • Always pull the plug as soon as bath time is over  
  • Turn your pond into a sandpit, fence it off or securely cover it while your children are small
  • Always empty your paddling pool after use and remember to store it upside down - this also applies to buckets and pots that can collect water

For information and advice about home safety please contact Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Health and Wellbeing Team on T. 028 9034 0160 or E. [email protected]