Don’t slip up on pool safety

Campaspe News - - TRADE & SERVICES GUIDE -

ROYAL Life Sav­ing’s lat­est cam­paign high­lights that in­ad­e­quate pool fenc­ing re­mains a ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the rate of drown­ing in back­yard swim­ming pools among chil­dren un­der five.

Last sum­mer, rates were more than four times the 10-year av­er­age be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

Chil­dren ac­counted for a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of these pre­ventable tragedies.

Royal Life Sav­ing has de­vel­oped a home pool safety check­list.

This check­list al­lows pool own­ers to con­duct a self-as­sess­ment of the home pool and its sur­rounds to en­sure it is safe for ev­ery­one to en­joy and min­imises the risk of young chil­dren drown­ing.

Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety - Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Justin Scarr said of­ten pool own­ers don’t re­alise their pool fence or gate is faulty and poses a threat to their chil­dren’s safety.

‘‘Pool fences, pool gates and latches should be reg­u­larly checked and main­tained as parts can break or be­come de­fec­tive over time,’’ he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to down­load the home pool safety check­list visit: www.roy­al­life­sav­

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