ROYAL Life Saving is reminding all parents and carers of the vital importance of adult supervision at all times when children are around water.
Drowning is often quick and silent. It can easily happen while parents are distracted by everyday chores around the home.
Any distraction can be very dangerous and can put young children at risk.
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Research shows that, over the past 18 years, 507 children aged zero to four years drowned. Of these, 207 (41 per cent) were aged one year.
The risk of drowning triples as soon as a child starts to crawl. It peaks shortly after a child's first birthday.
Royal Life Saving's new Keep Watch campaign kicks off in time for summer to remind parents and carers about the risks of child drowning.
Royal Life Saving is asking all parents and carers to supervise, restrict, teach and respond to keep children safe.
Supervise your children at all times around water. Restrict their access to water with a correctly installed and regularly maintained pool fence. Teach them water safety skills. Know how to respond in an emergency by learning CPR skills.
Readers can get more information by visiting www.royallifesaving.com.au.