Drowning does not only happen in swimming pools or in open water like the sea or in rivers. A child can drown in 30 seconds in just a few centimetres of water.
It is a silent killer and therefore essential to be constantly vigilant when you are around water with children.
REMEMBER: Children do not only drown when they are swimming, they can also drown if they fall into water while fully dressed.
Always be alert to possible dangers
- Teach children to swim as young as possible, including survival skills such as floating and treading water.
- Supervise children constantly while they are in or near water. A child should never swim alone.
- If a child cannot swim, keep away from places where they can drown.
- Remember that buoyancy aids such as inflatable wings and tubes are only aids. Do not rely on them to protect your child from drowning.
- Warn against boisterous play in or near water, such as riding bicycles or running on dam walls or around swimming pools.
- Teach your child how to stay afloat in water with their clothes on.
- Never let children dive or jump into water they don’t know, or when people are in the way.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD DROWNS
- Take the child out of the water.
- Get help, if you are not alone.
- Check for breathing and responsiveness.
- If the child is not breathing, start rescue breathing.
- Begin chest compressions.
- Repeat the process.
- Life Threatening Ekurhuleni Emergency Line: 011 458 0911
- National Toll-Free Number: 10177
- 112 : Cell Phone