Have you checked your pool is safe?

❝Now is the time for pool own­ers to check fenc­ing, gates and nearby ob­sta­cles to avoid po­ten­tial drown­ing fa­tal­i­ties❞

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

IT IS time to check your pool is safe.

Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil reg­u­la­tory and com­mu­nity ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Paul McKen­zie said with the weather warm­ing up it was the per­fect time.

‘‘Now is the time for pool own­ers to check fenc­ing, gates and nearby ob­sta­cles to avoid po­ten­tial drown­ing fa­tal­i­ties,’’ he said.

‘‘Gates need to be self-clos­ing and self-latch­ing as well as fenc­ing checked for dam­age and se­cu­rity.’’

Mr McKen­zie said coun­cil build­ing staff were cur­rently con­duct­ing swim­ming pool safety bar­rier au­dits.

‘‘This is tak­ing place via aerial pho­tog­ra­phy at ran­dom for back­yard swim­ming pools and spas within the shire,’’ he said.

‘‘This is to en­sure swim­ming pools are com­pli­ant with Vic­to­rian Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions and rel­e­vant Aus­tralian Stan­dards.

‘‘Prop­erty own­ers are en­cour­aged to do their own checks first and con­tact coun­cil if fur­ther help is needed.’’

In the past ten years, more than 330 Aus­tralian chil­dren un­der the age of five have drowned.

Of th­ese deaths 50 per cent oc­cur in home swim­ming pools where im­me­di­ate ac­tion can make a dif­fer­ence.

Royal Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia has de­vel­oped a home pool safety check­list.

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

■ Pool gate:

Must open out­ward from pool, be self-clos­ing and self-latch­ing, latch must be more than 1.5m from the ground and it must latch shut on the first swing.

■ Swim­ming pool fence:

Se­cure and in good work­ing or­der, should be at least 1.2m high, no more than 100mm from the ground, no ver­ti­cal gaps more than 100mm apart.

■ Around the fence:

Pool aids and toys should be stored se­curely and out of view and ob­jects that could be used to climb the fence should be re­moved from the area.

■ Su­per­vi­sion:

Adult su­per­vi­sion in com­bi­na­tion with pool fenc­ing is the most ef­fec­tive method of pre­vent­ing your child from drown­ing.

■ Pump, grates and suc­tion:

En­sure that no fit­ting is bro­ken or miss­ing.

■ Emer­gency prepa­ra­tion:

Up to date CPR and first aid skills and the re­sus­ci­ta­tion sign must be prom­i­nent in the pool area.

■ Chem­i­cals:

Should be stored se­curely, out of view and out of chil­dren’s reach.

■ Elec­tric­ity:

Elec­tric­ity and wa­ter do not mix. A Resid­ual Cur­rent De­vice (RCD) or Resid­ual Cur­rent Cir­cuit Breaker (RCCB) can save lives.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to roy­al­life­sav­ing.com.au

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