Around 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal experiences. More people die from drowning in the UK and Ireland than from domestic fires or cycling accidents.

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