Safe Pool Barriers
Along with a compliant pool or spa barrier that is regularly checked and maintained, Kidsafe is also reminding parents and carers that its important to take a number of other actions to help keep theirConcerning figures released in the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia National Drowning Report show that in 2020/21, 25 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned, a 108% increase on the previous year and the largest number since 2016/17.
Swimming pools were the one of the most common locations where these incidents occurred, accounting for 32% of all toddler drownings.
Top 5 issues with pool and spa barriers
The top 5 faults or non-compliance issues which are important for all homeowners to regularly check and maintain. These include:
- Active adult supervision - for toddlers, this means having an adult within arm reach at all times when in or around water
- Water awareness- Water awareness and learn to swim classes can assist in helping children to become familiar with water, teaching them about water safety and learning how to swim
- CPR/First Aid knowledge- Kidsafe encourages all parents and carers to enrol in a CPR/First Aid course and to update their skills regularly. Doing so will assist in ensuring they are equipped to respond if an emergency does arise
Along with a compliant pool or spa barrier that is regularly checked and maintained, Kidsafe is also reminding parents and carers that its important to take a number of other actions to help keep their kids safe.
What can you do to help keep your kids safe around water?
Is your pool barrier safe?
These helpful vidoes will help you understand if your pool barrier is in good condition and up to the job it is intended for:
For more information, please visit Kidsafe Australia’s pool and spa safety website