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Water safety

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Water safety - myDr.com.au

In Australian waterways in the 12 months to 30 June 2017, 291 lives were lost to drowning. Here are some water safety tips for use at swimming pools, inland waterways and the beach.

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Drowning and water safety - NT.GOV.AU

Read about how to stop children from drowning at your home.

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Water safety for children - Better Health Channel

Toddlers are most at risk of drowning because they are mobile and curious but don't understand the danger of water.

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Water safety | Emergency services and safety | Queensland Government

Information to help you stay safe in and around the water.

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Your child's safety

Your child's safety is in your hands from buying cots, prams, strollers, car seat, toys and nightclothes to hot water safety and child-resistant packaging.

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Children and sun safety - NT.GOV.AU

Keep your children safe from the sun.

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Choking, suffocating and children - NT.GOV.AU

Find out what you can do to lower the chance of your child choking or suffocating at home.

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Rural child safety

Learn more about child safety on farms and rural properties such as water hazards, animal stings and bites and sun safety and what to do if your child is injured.

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Water safety for babies

Babies can drown in as little as 5cm (two inches) of water. Drowning is silent so you won’t necessarily hear any noise or struggle.

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Hot water safety

Here is practical and trusted advice to prevent your children getting hot water scalds caused by bathwater, hot drinks, boiling water, cooking and hot food.

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