Don’t Duck Out. Make It SAFE Water Safety Education Campaign
The Don’t Duck Out. Make It SAFE campaign launched last summer is designed to educate parents and carers about the drowning dangers associated with portable pools. They’re encouraging consumers to use these products safely in their backyards.
This campaign is in response to statistics showing that on average one child dies from drowning in a portable pool in Australia every year, with others needing hospital treatment and some suffering permanent brain damage.
The Don’t Duck Out. Make It SAFE campaign is being run nationally by consumer law regulators and the Royal Life Saving Society.
Don’t Duck Out, Make It SAFE
If you’ll be using a portable pool this summer to beat the heat, remember that these pools come with certain responsibilities for parents and carers.
Children can drown in just 3cm of water, in 20 seconds, and in silence.
Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has this reminder for parents and carers – Don’t duck out from your responsibilities, make it S.A.F.E.
- Supervise. Actively watch children within arm’s reach so you can prevent anything from going wrong.
- Act. Learn what to do in the event of a child drowning incident. You’ll need to know how to do CPR. It’s important to start compressions and breaths right away when a child is pulled from the water, and to call Triple Zero (000) so help is on the way.
- Fence.In SA, pool fencing laws apply to ANY type of pool with a depth of 30cm or greater.
- Empty and safely store away smaller portable pools. Pour out the water, deflate the pool and keep it out of reach of children when not in use. Never leave an empty pool where it can refill with rain or sprinkler water.
If you’re buying or using a portable pool, please watch the safety tips below to keep kids safe.
Video: Portable pool safety – make it safe
Video: Portable pool safety awareness
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Make It Safe website.
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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