How to keep your under five's safe while in, on or around the water. Introducing children to water in ‘fun’ ways, in the familiar surroundings of their own home can help children learn to enjoy water safely throughout their lives. This is a process that can start from birth. Water play can start as soon as the baby is established in the... Keep Reading
The Under Fives continue to be vulnerable to drowning fatalities and injuries. A specific drowning reduction target of zero has been included in the Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020. In 2017, seven infants fatally drowned and 42 were hospitalised in non-fatal drowning incidents.
The Plunket ‘safety message’ bathmat project, funded through Water Safety New Zealand, began in 2011. This has been extended to iwi and Well Child Tamariki Ora providers, who also deliver bathmats to parents of infants five to seven months old. In total, 40,200 bathmats were delivered to families of infants in 2016/17 with $177,500 of investment funding. The bathmat provides a vehicle to deliver water safety messages, not only on the bathmat itself but also through the thousands of conversations between Plunket and Well Child nurses and parents.
Water Safety Around the Home
Your undivided attention when your child is around water could be the difference between
Water Safety New Zealand is pleased to be partnering with Protector Aluminium promoting water safety around the home. Our messages are simple:
- Make your home water safe by removing or isolating all potential water hazards
- Pool fencing/barriers are mandatory and must be inspected every three years. Your local council will enforce this and will issue infringement
and / orfix notices if required
- Safety covers must be used as barriers for spa pools and hot tubs.
Protector Aluminium pool fencing is available at Bunnings.