First aid

Updated 12 May 2014

Be safe in the water

It is estimated that more than one child drowns in South Africa every day. There are things you can do to protect your child from drowning.

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It is estimated that more than one child drowns in South Africa every day. There are things you can do to protect your child from drowning.

Take action:
Swimming lessons for children are a good idea, but experts are divided on the age when these should start – the recommended age varies from three months to four years;
sessions should be no more than 30 minutes, as children are at increased risk of hypothermia;
excessive submersion is not a good idea, as it could lead to water intoxication;
all pools should be fenced off;
children should never swim without adult supervision.

Read more about child safety.

 

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