In the last 5 years, 50% of children aged 7 and under who accidentally drowned did so at home.*

Follow our guidance to help ensure that your home is a safe, secure place for your family and friends to enjoy water safely.

Stop and Think

Stop and Think

Securely cover or empty all water vessels after use (including baths, toilets, paddling pools and storage containers).

Stop water vessels from re-filling by:

  • Turning them over
  • Turning off the hosepipe off at the tap, so children cannot fill vessels themselves
Stop children gaining access to ponds and pools by:
  • Installing secure fencing at least 4 feet high
  • Add a strong mesh or grill to the top of your pond

Stay Together

Stay Together

Never leave your child unattended in the bath.

Always keep children under the constant supervision of a capable adult.

In an emergency

Call 999

Call 999

Be sure everyone in your household knows who to call in the event of an emergency. 



Make sure the whole family knows basic water safety and what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly. You can access FREE RLSS UK resources to help.

Resources for Parents

Share our advice

Drownings around the home are easily preventable. Make sure that you and your loved ones are reminded of how to Enjoy water safely at home. 

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Activities to do at home

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*source: WAID 2017-21