Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership

Water Safety - Be Prepared

Did you know?

  • Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites
  • Drowning is the second largest cause of injury related to death of children aged 0 to 14 years
  • Nearly 1000 children due each year by drowning and they can drown in less than 2 inches (6 cm) of water
  • Inflatable vests and arm devices are not effective, instead you should use life vests that are suitable for your children!

The basic principles of open water safety, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase the enjoyment of open water and significantly reduce the number of incidents that occur each year.

The benefits of swimming and dipping in open water are well documented. Not only does being in or on open water allow new adventures, it also has documented benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. All of these hazards can be controlled through proper organisation and planning.

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