Barriers to Access

As soon as a child is mobile they are able to access any water left in or around your home.

Babies have drowned in as little as 40mm of water so it is important to be aware of just what bodies of water you have at your place.

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Baths

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Ponds

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Toilets

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Water Features

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Pools & Spas

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Water Containers

Putting barriers in place minimises the risk of young children being exposed to water hazards in and around the home.

  • Shut bathroom and toilet doors.
  • Store plugs out of reach of children.
  • Remove water containers such as baby baths, buckets and dog bowls from access to young children.
  • Provide isolation fencing for home pools compliant with the New Zealand Building (Pools Amendment) Act.
  • Portable pools must also be compliant with the Act.
  • Empty water containers and paddling pools, and store out of reach, on side or upside down so they don’t fill up with rainwater.
  • Cover ponds with metal mesh to restrict access.