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Make Sure Your Pool is Safe this Summer

Source: Kidsafe NSW Inc.
Archived 20 Feb 2017 - Posted: 24 Dec 2016
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Backyard swimming pools are the most common location where child drowning incidents occur.

The top five issues that cause pool and spa barriers to be non-compliant with Australian Standards include:

  • Gates and doors that are no longer self-closing
  • Gates and doors that are no longer self-latching
  • Gates that are propped open
  • Ground movement
  • Climbable objects near the pool barrier

Check with your local council regarding fencing requirements and to get your pool fence certified.

Remember to always actively supervise your children within arm’s reach when they are in or near water.  Supervision is only for adults, do not rely on older children to watch younger children.  Learn CPR and take refresher classes regularly.

If you have a small or portable pool that holds less than 30cm of water, remember to always empty it out and store it away. 

Visit the Royal Life Saving Society website for latest information on the Keep Watch Campaign and video with Matt Preston.

This article archived 20 Feb 2017

 
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