SUMMER WATER SAFETY
As everyone begins to think about Summer holidays and hopefully, some nice sunny weather, we want to draw your attention to Water Safety and have provided more information about keeping your children safe at home and on holiday.
Unfortunately, as the warm months arrive, 60 children drown in the UK each year during the Summer. Drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK and majority of cases could have been PREVENTED.
It’s SO important for parents to understand the risks of babies and young children being left alone, even for a moment.
Drowning Prevention – what you need to know on HOLIDAY:
Children should be supervised in the water at all times. Don’t rely on older children to supervise.
Its not just young children who are at risk. Older children and teens can get into trouble, especially while ‘wild’ swimming. Strong currents, deep water and objects lurking under the water are unlikely to be obvious.
Don’t assume that because a child can swim, they will be safe.
Drowning happens silently. As drowning occurs, the instinctive drowning response means that a child is unable to speak or to control their arm movements, and they slip quietly under the water – it’s a myth that they splash about or shout or scream.
Don’t rely on lifeguards – provision, training and legislation varies in different countries, and lifeguards may have other duties.
Even if you’ve taken steps to make you garden or environment safe, children have drowned after wandering into neighbouring gardens. Be mindful of this at home and on holiday.
Research shows that the most common times for children to drown on holiday are the first and last days – don’t let your guard down at any time.
Empty paddling pools when they are not in use,
At the beach, wind blowing off the land can make the sea look flat, calm and safe but it can easily sweep inflatables quickly out to sea and children will be tempted to go after them.
Finally, expect children to do unaccepted things. They can’t be relied upon to keep themselves safe, even if they say they can!
For young children, the risk of drowning at home in the bath or the garden pond is HIGH and remember you may get no warning that something is wrong, as babies drown silently in as little as 5 cm of water.
As you can see, being supportive and part of a nurturing community is very important to us here at Monkey Puzzle West Norwood. If you would like to visit the Nursery and find out more about enrolling your child with us, please contact us on 0208 761 1444 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org