Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Stay Safe In The Water This Summer, Urges ACC

Stay Safe In The Water This Summer

ACC is urging holiday-makers to take care in the water this summer and to make sure that all children are properly supervised.

"Children drown very quickly and quietly," said Jen Brown, an ACC Injury Prevention Manager. "On average eight pre-schoolers drown each year, and that's almost always because of inadequate adult supervision."

Water Safety New Zealand statistics show that 91 people drowned in 2006, with January traditionally recording the highest number of water deaths due to holiday makers enjoying the water. As at December 20, 97 New Zealanders had drowned in 2007.

And, on average, at least half of those who drowned hadn't intended to be in the water.

Ms Brown said recreational boating, swimming and fishing related injuries stand out for their frequency and cost.

"Aside from deaths from drowning, about 650 people are hospitalised each year as a result of water-related injuries. Those injuries cover a wide spectrum, ranging from strains, dislocations and fractures through to concussions and spinal injuries," she said.

Here are some tips to staying safe in and around water this summer:

* Pools: Always keep young children in your care within arm's reach

* Rivers: Always supervise children around water

* Never swim alone

In boats

* Weather: check the latest marine forecast and tides before you go out

* Life jackets: take the correct sized life jacket for each person on board and wear them

* Communications equipment: lways carry two types of working communication equipment. If you can't contact the rescue services, they can't rescue you

* Avoid alcohol.

"Cooling off in the water is supposed to be fun and it will be if we all take these simple safety precautions," Jen Brown said. "Stay safe in the water, avoid injuries, and most importantly, have a fantastic summer."


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news