Warning to stay safe near water

THE state's paramedics are reminding Ipswich residents to use common sense and take extra care in and around the water during the Easter school holiday break.

South-east region acting assistant commissioner Stephen Zsombok said many families would make use of pools over the holiday period, and it was important to put safety first to avoid injuries or drowning.

"We're lucky in Queensland in that we can use the pool almost all year round.

"However, as with all water activities there are risks," Mr Zsombok said.

"Drowning is a significant risk for small children.

"Mum and dad might think they would hear their child get into trouble in the backyard pool.

"However, the sad truth is that small children make no sound at all when drowning. It is a silent killer and it can happen in seconds."

Additional information is available at ambulance.qld.gov.au/firstaid/courses.



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