Water Safety

I put out a media release today on the 'Kids Alive Do the Five' water safety campaign.

With the weather starting to get warmer, Federal Labor Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, has joined with Laurie Lawrence in promoting the important Kids Alive Do the Five water safety message.

Andrew Leigh has organised with Laurie Lawrence for every local family to be provided a free Living with Water DVD.

“I have a copy of this DVD to ensure that both of my young boys are safe around water. I encourage all parents of young children to contact my office and get their hands on a copy of this free water safety DVD.

“Summer is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to be making sure our children learn the important Kids Alive do the Five water safety message,” said Andrew Leigh.

Drowning is the biggest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia.

“Tragically, on average one child in Australia drowns each week.

“Showing your children this DVD is just one small way everyone can do their bit to reduce drowning in Australia.

“My two young boys are in swimming lessons and I know how important the Kids Alive do the Five is for parents as well as children,” said Andrew Leigh.

Andrew Leigh said that the work Laurie Lawrence has done through the Kids Alive project over nearly quarter of a century is nothing short of inspirational.

“It’s great to be able to team up with Andrew Leigh and offer every local parent this free DVD,” said Laurie Lawrence.

“Owning a swimming pool is a big responsibility. Pool owners must ensure that their pool is fenced and complies with local government legislation” said Mr Lawrence.

“And every local parent should grab a copy of the DVD from Andrew Leigh’s office and make sure their children are doing the five” said Mr Lawrence.

Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Do the Five are:

  1. Fence the pool

  2. Shut the gate

  3. Teach your kids to swim – it’s great

  4. Supervise – watch your mate, and

  5. Learn how to resuscitate

Andrew Leigh said that the Gillard Government was proud to be able to provide the funding for the Living with Water DVD, which is an important lifesaving initiative.

Copies of the DVD can be obtained by calling Andrew Leigh’s Office on 6247 4396 or emailing [email protected]

For further information on Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Do the Five water safety program, visit www.kidsalive.com.au

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