Tips to keep your loved ones safe around water these holidays
- Holiday goers are requested to stay away from dams and rivers when intoxicated.
- Do not fish using nets that require one to go inside the water.
- Do not contaminate rivers and dams by littering.
- Don’t swim in rivers and dams; you risk drowning or contracting water-borne diseases.
- Do under no circumstances leave children unattended around water.
- Always have a designated adult appointed to watch over young children near water. It takes a split second of neglect for a drowning to take place.
- Never allow a young child in the pool without an adult, regardless of how confident you may feel.
- Don’t allow a young child to play in the vicinity of an accessible swimming pool or sea.
- Don’t think your child is immune just because they are having swimming lessons. Something as unexpected as a cramp or strong currant could undermine all their previous training.
- Flotation devices, nets and fences are no substitute for caution and supervision
- Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). This is especially advisable for babysitters, minders, parents and older siblings
- Keep a list of emergency numbers programmed on your cell phone and make sure that everyone in the household knows how to access help in such a situation.
Issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation
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