Are you sure your pool or spa is safe?
One of the leading causes of death among Australian children under the age of five is drowning. According to studies, the risk of drowning can be reduced by installing pool fencing, particularly isolation fencing.
KidSafe says that wear and tear will occur in pool and spa fencing over time. So, you should watch out for these things:
- Gates that no longer self-latch or self-close
- Climbable items in the non-climbable area contained in the Australian Standards, including pot plants, chairs and other objects that a child can use to climb over the fence
- Surplus space beneath the fence
- Misuse such as propping the gates open
So before the kids go diving in the deep end, check the pool for safety to ensure you and your children enjoy frolicking in the waters without incident.
KidSafe runs a yearly campaign to remind pool and spa owners on what to look at to ensure water safety. The aim of the “Closing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning Campaign” is to ensure regular checks and maintenance of fences are being conducted, and raise awareness on water safety as well as the knowledge of parents and carers.