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