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Get water safe for summer

THE Red Cross is encouraging people to undertake first aid training to reduce drowning fatalities these holidays.

Young people are particularly at risk of drowning, with toddlers accounting for 10% of drowning deaths, and people aged 15-24 accounting for 15%.

Red Cross first aid trainer Anthony Cameron believes at least one person in every household should know first aid.

"First aid training is something you should do for the people you love," he said.

"Having the skills and confidence to react and respond correctly in an emergency can minimise the impact of an injury, assist with recovery and even save a life.

"It means you can relax a little more this summer."

He said children should be supervised in the water even if they are strong swimmers, and no one should enter the water in a drowning event unless they are specially trained.

To reserve a place in a Red Cross first aid course, visit redcross.org.au/firstaid or phone 1300 367 428.



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