For most Australians, summer and swimming go hand-in-hand. While parents are generally vigilant about their children’s safety at the beach or in large swimming pools, they sometimes forget that small portable or inflatable pools can be just as dangerous. In fact, a quarter of all child deaths and near drowning incidents, happen in portable or inflatable pools. From November 2011 to December 2012, 14 children presented at the Sydney Children's Hospital following a near-drowning. The majority were under five years.
Due to a recent spate of such incidents, the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) is conducting a state-wide portable pool safety campaign “Kids Can Drown Without a Sound” for English and non-English speaking community groups.
Drowning can result in death or lifelong brain damage for a child. Protect your children by becoming aware of the simple safety measures that this safety campaign outlines, such as the emptying and storing away of small pools that are not in use.