Young children at risk in inflatable pools
Royal Life Saving Australia are urging all parents and carers to be aware of the drowning risk portable swimming pools can pose to young children, as part of Kidsafe’s ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign.
Portable pools (also known as inflatable pools or wading pools) are a popular choice for many families. They can however, pose a significant drowning risk to young children.
Royal Life Saving’s recently released National Drowning Report 2019 sadly showed 19 children aged 0-4 years lost their lives to drowning in the 2018/19 financial year, a 30% reduction on the ten year average.
But, swimming pools, including portable pools, are the leading location for drowning in this age group, accounting for 63% of all deaths in 2018/19.
Over the past 17 years, 19 children aged 0-4 years have drowned in portable pools around the country.