Drowning and ponds
Children can drown in a few centimetres of water. They should be supervised at all times when near water.
- Never leave a baby or child in the bath unsupervised, not even for a minute - this includes in a bath seat
- If you leaving a bath to fill, or the bath has water in it, keep the bathroom door securely shut and make sure your toddler or young child couldn't fall in by accident.
Almost all incidents where a child drowns in a garden occur after a breakdown in supervision. Follow the advice below to keep your children safe:
- Fill in your garden pond before your baby is able to crawl or walk. If this isn't possible, cover ponds with a fixed, rigid grille or fence them off securely.
- If you decide to keep a garden pond, make sure children are supervised closely and constantly while they're in the garden.
- Be careful when your children visit other gardens that have ponds or lakes nearby.
- Children should be supervised at all times when playing in paddling pools, even if they only contain a few centimetres of water.
- Always empty and put away paddling pools when you can't be there to supervise children playing in them.
- Don't leave an empty paddling pool out and think it is safe - it will quickly fill with rain water.
If you use water butts in the garden to store water, make sure they are securely covered with a lid. Make sure a child could not get into it.
Last updated: 01 May 2015