Pool and water play can be so much fun especially in the hot summer months. Children, teens and adults alike are naturally attracted and drawn to water and enjoywater-based activities as part of the Australian family lifestyle. Danger and accidents, however, lurk where care is not taken. Thus, preventive pool safety measures must be observed to avert accidental drowning.
- Ground Rules
Keep kids safe by arming them with knowledge and information. Teach them how to swim and to respect the water and its dangers. Drill into them the value of following rules for safety. Instruct children how to ask or call for help in cases of emergency.
- Adult Supervision
Even with the best and the behaved, children forget rules when they are enjoying themselves. This is why an adult must be around to patrol and keep watch constantly when kids are in the vicinity of a pool. Toddlers must be within reach of an alert and responsible adult at all times.
- Install Fencing
As another line of defence, fencing can be useful as deterrent for wandering and unsupervised children. Effective barriers need to be installed because these can restrict unauthorised access to pools,especially when there is no adult supervision.
Cases of drowningin pools are tragic because many of these are avoidable. In fact, falling or wandering into the water is the number one cause of deaths by accidental drowning. Thesecases were not limited to young children alone. Because of this, Australian legislation states that a barrier is a requirement for all pools with water depths of at least 300mm.
According to KidSafe Western Australia, a national child accident prevention foundation, seventy-five percent (75%) of swimming pool drownings could have been prevented had isolation fencing and functioning gates been in place. It is, therefore, an important life-saving effort that pool barriers must meet Australian Standards requirements.
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