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On average, more than 400 people drown in the UK each year. Nearly 60% of these are children and young people. We believe that the majority of drownings are preventable. Make sure that you and your loved-ones are not counted in next year’s drowning figures by following our guide to water safety at home.

Did you know that people can drown in as little as 2cm of water?

The number of drownings that occur around the home are low compared to those at other locations. However, drownings around the home are also the most easily preventable.

Top Tips for Water Safety at Home

  • Always use self-closing gates, fences and locks to prevent children from gaining access to pools of water
  • Securely cover all water storage tanks and drains
  • Empty paddling pools and buckets as soon as they have been used. Always turn paddling pools upside down once empty
  • Always supervise bath time (never leave children unattended). Empty the bath as soon as possible after use
  • Vulnerable adults and people who suffer from sudden seizures should consider using showers rather than baths

In addition to the above tips, ensure you and your family know the SAFE code:

SPOT

spot the dangers

ADVICE

follow safety signs and advice

FRIEND

stay close to a friend or family member

EMERGENCY

shout for help and know the emergency number to call in the country you’re in