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Keep your little one safe near water this summer!

National Water Safety Awareness week, the national campaign run by Water Safety Ireland (IWS) takes place from 17 – 23 June. In support of this week our handy Prevention Against Drowning bookmarks, which are sponsored by Irish Life Health, will available at all classes providing families with important water safety tips and advice. 

Water Safety Ireland are the statutory body established to promote water safety in Ireland.   The campaign aims to reduce the number of drowning and near drowning incidents that occur in the Ireland every year.    On average, 130 people needlessly die from drowning in Ireland every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. 

Water Babies works closely with Water Safety Ireland to educate parents and change behaviour to prevent drowning and water related accidents.

By following these guidelines parents and carers can minimize the chances of a tragic incident befalling their child this summer and all through the year:

 Actively supervise young children around water

  • Parents must keep an eye on their children at ALL times – they can be easily distracted chatting to other parents, reading a newspaper or talking on the phone.
  • Supervising adults should be in arms reach of children under five so that if a child slips underwater, they can be pulled to safety immediately
  • The adult watching MUST be able to swim and not afraid to jump in the water.
  • If leaving, even momentarily, take your child with you or designate a known adult to supervise – never leave an older sibling in charge around water.

Be safety conscious at the poolside

  • Make sure there is a qualified lifeguard in attendance before you or your children enter a public swimming pool. 
  • Check where the rescue equipment and lifeguards are.
  • Do not swim in a swimming pool which has cloudy pool water or where you can’t see the pool bottom
  • Save the local emergency numbers on your mobile phone. 

Flotation devices are not life preservers

  • Toys and inflatables are often unstable and therefore a hazard.

Find beaches that are recognised locally as safe to swim, and preferably lifeguarded.  Swim within your depth.

  • Find out where the lifeguards are and learn water symbols and flags indicating current beach conditions.  Please follow their advice, available at Irish Water Safety’s website, www.iws.ie

 Stay sober

  • Drinking can impair your supervision and swimming skills – especially when combined with the mid-day heat.

Learn BLS (Basic Life Support) 

  • Survival depends on a quick rescue and basic life support (resuscitation) if a child has stopped breathing
  • Seconds count using Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to prevent death or brain damage.

 Teach your children these water safety rules:

  • Always swim with others, never alone
  • Do not push or jump onto others or participate in any dangerous behaviour in a swimming pool – ie horseplay, wrestling, running, jumping and dive bombing – it might result in injury.
  • Do not dive into water unless someone has already tested the depth and checked for any underwater hazards.   Diving into insufficient water depths can cause face, head and spinal injuries and even death
  • Know what to do in an emergency and where to get help.   Call 112.

Boating/Fishing

  • Make sure everybody wears a lifejacket when boating or fishing that is age and size specific

To get your free bookmark email us today with your name and address and we will post to you!