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Keep watch

Keep watch

Royal Life Saving

Royal Life Saving is warning parents and carers across the south-west to keep watch of their kids.

The latest campaign has been launched highlighting a staggering 41 per cent of drowning deaths among children under 5 in Australia occur in 1-year-old toddlers.

Royal Life Saving is asking all parents to Supervise, Restrict, Teach and Respond. Active adult supervision prevents child drowning. Any distraction is dangerous and puts young children at risk around water.

Whether it is a phone or social media use, or carrying out everyday tasks, such as leaving a child unsupervised momentarily to cook, take the rubbish out or collect the washing, Alison Mahony from Royal Life Saving says - no task is worth your child’s life.

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Royal Life Saving Australia’s Keep Watch public awareness and education campaign has been running for more than 25 years. It recommends the following safety tips to keep children safe around water:

1. Supervise. Actively supervise children around water

2. Restrict. Restrict children’s access to water

3. Teach. Teach children water safety skills

4. Respond. Learn how to respond in the case of an emergency

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