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Is It Possible That Fences Give Families a False Sense of Security?

December 14, 2016

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Is it possible that pool fences make families complacent? It occurred to me this week that children are continuing to drown on a far too regular basis and in spite of mandatory pool fences around pools across the country. Is it possible that parents trust a pool fence to keep their child away from water and therefore safe?

The same can be said about floaties and other floatation aids. How often hasn’t a child had a close call, or worse, because floaties either fell off, failed or the child jumped into water thinking they had it on.

Can swimming lessons make parents complacent? Families do the right thing enrolling children into swimming lessons from a young age and diligently take their child to their swim class week after week – on the assumption that the child is getting safer in water. But most swim schools design lessons to keep children progressing slowly and happily, usually in water where they can stand. Children often don’t learn skills they could rely on if they unexpectedly fell into water because parents are taught always “to be within arms reach of their child around water”.

Either way – the reality is that far too many children end up in water and unable to cope – pool fences, floaties or years of swimming lessons are not saving them.

Is it possible that every child needs to know how to save themselves if they ended up in water, unseen and unheard? Survival swim is very controversial in Australia but why should it be when it can save families from the very unnecessary grief of losing a child to drowning? Every child drowning is another reminder that drowning prevention barriers are continuing to let children down.

 

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Is It Possible That Fences Give Families a False Sense of Security?

by Stacy Gower time to read: 1 min
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