Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 7 December 2015
30 November 2015
Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is urging families to be vigilant in the coming months about the dangers presented by pools, barbecues, gas cookers and inadequately maintained balconies and decks.
"Summer means more of us spending time outdoors but that lifestyle living doesn't come without potential risks, especially where children are concerned," Mr Stowe said.
On average, 11 children under five drown in NSW every year, with a further 62 children admitted to hospital after being rescued.
According to the 2015 Royal Life Saving Society report, swimming pools accounted for 54 per cent of drowning for children under five.
Mr Stowe urged parents and supervisors to never leave young children unattended, regardless of the depth of the pool. Children must be kept within arms' reach and have their flotation and inflatable pool toys checked for signs of wear and tear.
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