Pool Safety Tips
In the past five years 175 Australian children have drowned under the age of five and 50% occurred in our swimming pools. These are preventative so do your bit and make sure your pool is safe.
Around The Pool Fence
- Don’t leave climbable objects near pool fence. i.e. BBQ’s, Pot Plants, Chairs etc.
- Have you picked up all toys lying around and put them away securely?
- Keep all trees & shrubs trimmed so children can’t climb them.
- Keep children under the age of five within “arms” length.
- Remember Adult Supervision is the best method of preventing drowning.
- Are you aware of the dangers leaving older children to supervise younger children?
- Have an Adult supervisor around pool during parties.
- Have you got a guideline 7 CPR sign displayed prominently in pool area? (Refer to the Pool Safety Council Website for details.)
- Do you and your family have up to date resuscitation and first aid skills?
- Have you got a first aid kit handy in the house?
- Do you have RCD or RCCB on power supply? Remember water and power do not mix.
- Are Chemicals stored securely and out of site?
- Always add chemicals to water. Not the other way round.
- Do you read all safety warnings before use?
- Do you wear protective gloves/eye wear when handling pool chemicals?
- Don’t mix different chemicals in same container unless cleaned first.
Pumps, Grates & Suction
- Do all pool suction and plumbing areas have good condition grates or covers securely in place?
- Never prop open gates with anything. Think about the consequences?
- Teach your children to swim as early as possible.
- Make sure your pool has a Pool safety Certificate.
For fencing safety tips you may like to download the Pre-Fence Check List.