Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Toddler drowning in Australia increases

Toddler drowning in Australia increases: "Toddler drowning is on the rise in Australia, according to a new report.

Almost 50 per cent of children under five years of age who drowned did so in pools in their own backyards, according to the latest statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia.

The report shows that drownings among children under five have risen from 27 deaths in the 2007/2008 year to 33 in 2009/2010.

It found that 58 per cent of drowning deaths in children under five occurred in the summer.

The Royal Life Saving 2010 National Drowning Report also showed that 33 children under five years old drowned in preventable tragedies.

Royal Life Saving CEO Rob Bradley says 80 per cent of home pools didn't comply with current safety standards.

'Thousands of pools across Australia are potentially a death trap because fence gates aren't working properly or there is loose or unsafe fencing,' he said in a statement.

'Everyone needs to put their home pool through Royal Life Saving's home pool safety checklist.'

He also said that it was 'frustrating' that some pool owners question the need for a pool fence."

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