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Why you should be concerned with home pool safety

Why you should be concerned with home pool safety-pool-safety

Pools are a lot of fun but they can also be dangerous. With a proper safety fence and following the appropriate rules and precautions for pool safety, you can prevent tragedy this summer.

In Australia, home swimming pools are more dangerous for young children than beaches or rivers. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five in NSW.

This is in part, to do with easy access and lack of supervision. Children are naturally curious and not able to comprehend the danger a pool can pose. Drowning, more often than not ,occurs when a child has entered the pool area without the knowledge of the parent.

Children can find their way into a pool area by:

  • climbing over the fence by using nearby furniture ,
  • through an unlocked or open gate eg. one that has been propped open,
  • through a house or garage door.

How can you prevent a child from drowning?

There are several things you can do to prevent drowning.

  • When toddlers and children are playing in or around swimming pools or even spas pools, ensure there is always an adult supervising. The Royal Life Saving recommends some level of supervision for all children under 15.
  • Enroll your child in a water awareness class. Check your local council swimming pool for classes or go to the Swim and Survive Wonder Program at www.swimandsurvive.com.au
  • Ensure any equipment not related to the function of your pool or spa pool is securely stored outside the pool area and well aware for the area.
  • Never prop open a pool gate and make sure the pool Gate is self-closing and self-locking
  • Fence your pool or spa pool with a four-sided fence in accordance with NSW law. To Make sure your pool barrier complies with the law, use our online pool compliance checklist which includes a series of pool safety information sheets.
  • Make sure your pool barrier complies with the law - To help you understand the new compliance laws, the NSW swimming pool register website has information on compliance and obligations.
  • Register your pool with a certified pool inspector . Get a pool safety certificate from a licensed pool safety inspector. To find an inspector near you go to www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au

What to do in an emergency?

Learn Resuscitation. Enrolled in a CPR course with the Royal Lifesaving Club. They have suitable courses for adults and refresher courses as well. www.royallifesaving.com.au

Friday November 25th 2016Owen

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