Sadly, drowning deaths are considered to be one of the highest preventable child deaths in Australia. Not all incidents are fatal, however they can cause serious injury and extreme distress for the children and parents involved.
In-home pools are a huge risk for drowning incidents if not properly contained. Pool safety should be the highest concern for all pool owners and pools should be inspected regularly to maintain the pool safety in your backyard.
All pools require mandatory safety barriers and fencing in order to ensure the safety of all people surrounding the pool area. To ensure compliance with this, as a pool owner your barriers and fencing will be scrutinised by the council prior to install. After the council has approved your pool installation specifications you should continue to maintain and check the fencing periodically. It is expected that your pool fencing complies with the requirements set out by the council and the Royal Life Saving Association. To ensure you are always meeting these requirements you should ensure that the latches are checked regularly to confirm that they are self-closing. Latches can become lose and can stop self-closing which is not only a non-compliance issue, but also a huge safety issue. In the case of pool owners with small children, a non-functional pool barrier latch can be a huge safety risk.
You should also check that the pool fencing materials that you use are sturdy and long lasting to prevent deterioration. Missing, damaged or deteriorating panels can allow accidental access to the pool causing a huge safety issue. By having your fencing and barriers installed by professional technicians that use high quality fencing materials you can be sure that your fencing panels and latches will last the distance and minimise accidents.
Always ensure that you are supervising small children who make use of your swimming pool. Pool owners have a responsibility to maintain adequate safety rules and ensure that you are supplying supervision when you have young people swimming.