Bass Coast,
26
May
2014
|
02:33
Australia/Melbourne

Bass Coast And Kidsafe Victoria Put Water Safety At Fingertips

Bass Coast Shire Council has joined Kidsafe Victoria's new home water safety audit in a bid to raise awareness amongst local parents and carers.

The campaign involves an online home water safety audit which is designed to highlight the hidden dangers which can pose a drowning threat around the home.

 The online program has been launched by Kidsafe Victoria as part of the Victorian Government's Play it Safe by the Water campaign.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, has encouraged all Bass Coast residents to utilise the tool and conduct a water safety audit of their homes.

"There are many potential drowning hazards for children inside and outside our homes,” Cr Rankine said.

“Kidsafe Victoria's new online home water safety audit will assist parents and carers to identify these hazards in as little as a few minutes.”

 Kidsafe Victoria CEO, Melanie Courtney, highlighted the seriousness of water safety for children saying that.

"In 2012/13, 31 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned, with many of these tragedies occurring in the home environment,” Ms Courtney said.

 Council and Kidsafe Victoria are encouraging all parents and carers to log on, register and complete the home water safety audit via www.kidsafevic.com.au/water-safety/water-safety-audit

Water safety facts:

31 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned in 2012/13, including 3 Victorian children.

For every drowning death involving a child aged 0-4 in Victoria, there are a further 10 non-fatal incidents, many which result in a child receiving permanent brain damage.

20 seconds is all it takes for a toddler to drown.