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On average, one young child dies from drowning in a portable pool in Australia every year?

Did you know that, on average, one young child dies from drowning in a portable pool in Australia every year? In addition to those fatalities other children will be hospitalised and some left with severe brain damage.

As portable pools – also known as wading, paddling, inflatable or kiddie pools – become cheaper and more popular, the chance of young children drowning grows and it’s those under five years old who are most at risk.

The ACCC and WA Consumer Protection have joined forces with Royal Life Saving Society - Australia to educate parents and carers about the drowning dangers associated with portable pools, along with tips to keep kids safe.

Your support in promoting this important campaign to the community would be greatly appreciated. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Kimberley Regional Office on 9191 8400 or by email broome@dmirs.wa.gov.au if you would like some promotional “Make it SAFE” ducks and flyers to provide to consumers, or any other safety promotional material.

You can download resources at www.productsafety.gov.au/makeitsafe and follow the Don’t Duck Out, Make It SAFE campaign on social media with the hash tags: #DontDuckOut #MakeItSafe

Thanks for helping us spread the word.