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Home Living : December 7th 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, December 7, 2010 7 HOMELIVING Let's pool our information SOBERING STATISTICS: * Every year about 35 Australian children under the age of five die from drowning -- 50 per cent of these are in backyard pools * A recent study by America's National Insti- tute of Health has shown that formal swimming lessons lead to an 88 per cent reduction in the risk of drowning in children aged one to four years old On a warm summer day, there is nothing better than heading to the beach, the local baths or your own backyard pool for a splish-splash afternoon. Yet swimming can be a dangerous activity for those who aren't experienced with water safety. Water activities are a great way to keep your children active these school holidays, but before they belly-flop into the pool, there are some things the family should know in order to enjoy a water-safe holiday: Invest in swimming lessons -- many of Australia's much-loved pastimes involve the water, so it is essential that children develop skills in the water. Swimming lessons are important for giving both children and their parents confidence when they are around water. They also have benefits out of the pool -- kids who learn to swim have better motor movement, cognitive function from following instructions and heightened social and emotional skills from being around other children. Swimming and supervision go hand-in- hand. The simple fact is you can never leave your children around water unsupervised. Too many children have died unnecessarily because they haven't been supervised around the pool. Parents need to be on-hand if their child gets into difficulty, which means not being distracted by a ringing telephone, hanging out the washing or the neighbour who wants to chat over the fence. Allowing your children to play near or in the water is a commitment and should not be taken lightly. Be prepared -- have emergency numbers, a first aid kit and safety equipment nearby to assist you if a problem arises. Inspect the pool drains to ensure children can't get trapped, make sure the gates surrounding the pool are self-closing and cannot be tampered with by curious water babies, have floatation devices around the pool for children to cling on to when they are in the water. Taking a first aid course or learning the basics about resuscitation are also important for parents hoping to avoid a tragic backyard accident. Atthebeach--itishardnottoget caught up in the lively atmosphere of the beach, but parents need to be on- guard constantly while their children are in the water. Find the flags and swim between them, look out for the safety signs that notify of potential dangers in the surf and make sure your children know that if they find themselves in trouble to stick their hand up, stay calm and not to swim against a current or rip. SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit E18/2A Victoria Ave CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2056760i 7/12 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL GREETINGS TO ALL OUR CUTOMERS glassrooms conservatories garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains email@example.com www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breath fresh living space 2150467K HLF wk45 CALL 1300 888 743 www.theleafman.com.au All our products are manufactured from BlueScope Colorbond® Steel ELIMINATE LEAF CLOGGED GUTTERS GUTTER GUARD The Leaf Man Australia Pty Ltd - successfully protecting gutters and water collection across Australia for over 10 years. Keep your gutters and roofing protected Ensure maximum water collection with minimum debris Protect your gutters and roofline from embers and bushfires 0% Flammability & 0% Ignitability index as tested by the CSIRO Colorbond® Expanded Steel Protect your gutters and roofline from unwanted pests & vermin Preferred product for water saving systems INCLUDES FREE GUTTER CLEANING 2150485i hlc wk30
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