Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

LAST sum­mer saw a tragic num­ber of lives lost to drown­ing, with rates more than four times the 10-year av­er­age be­tween Christ­mas and New Year. Sadly, chil­dren ac­counted for a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of these pre­ventable tragedies.

Check your back­yard pool fence, gate and latch. In­ad­e­quate or faulty pool fenc­ing and pool gates re­main a ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the rate of drown­ing in back­yard swim­ming pools among chil­dren un­der five years of age.

Royal Life Saving has de­vel­oped a home pool safety check­list.

This check­list en­ables you to con­duct a self-assess­ment of your home pool and its sur­rounds to en­sure it is safe for every­one to en­joy and min­imise the risk of young chil­dren drown­ing.

Visit www.roy­al­life­sav­ing.com. au and down­load the home pool safety check­list to make sure your pool fence, pool gate and latch is in work­ing or­der. JUSTIN SCARR Royal Life Saving So­ci­ety

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