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Water safety

Up to 60 children drown in the UK every year, and most of these deaths could be prevented.

Young children can drown in fewer than two inches of water in only 20 seconds. Babies and infants need constant supervision around water - whether this is in the bath, paddling or swimming pool, by ponds, rivers or lakes. Never leave babies and infants along around water, even for a moment.

Children will disappear under the surface of water, not cry out for help. It is important to supervise children under 8 at all times in and around water.

If you have a pond, securely cover it or fence it off.

Read our blogs on Enjoying Water Safely and Water Safety.

The Lullaby Trust has created a video on keeping your child safe around water, watch it here: