Kidsafe - Safe Gates Save Lives

Published on 21/12/2015

 

‘Closing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning’ is a Kidsafe campaign supported by SPASA Victoria, to encourage all pool owners to check the safety of their pool fences and surrounds.  

With summer now upon us it is extremely important for all pool owners to be vigilant about pool safety.  

 

HOW SAFE IS YOUR POOL BARRIER?

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. Evidence suggests that a large number of these incidents are as a result of fencing that is faulty or non-compliant with Australian Standards.  

As a responsible pool owner, have you in the last 12 months thoroughly checked to ensure that:

  • Children are closely supervised by an adult at all times around the pool/spa?
  • All gates and doors that lead into the pool area self-closing?
  • All gates and doors that lead into the pool are self-latching?
  • The pool gate is never propped open?
  • Your safety barrier is free of gaps, holes, or spaces that a child could try to get through?
  • The area surrounding your pool barrier is free of climbable objects (e.g. BBQs, tree stumps, chairs etc.)?

To complete a comprehensive home pool safety assessment and find out more information on pool fencing legislation and the responsibilities of pool owners, please visit kidsafevic.com.au

Watch the video below to learn what to check for.

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