SAFETY TIPS

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FENC­ING: En­sure your pool fence and gate are se­cure and meet gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions. If un­sure, get a li­censed pool in­spec­tor to con­duct an au­dit. “Make sure fenc­ing meets the pre­scribed height and latch­ing re­quire­ments, and re­move any ob­jects out­side the fence that can as­sist a child to climb over it,” Swimart’s Chris Fitz­mau­rice says. “Fenc­ing must sep­a­rate the pool area from the neigh­bour­hood and the res­i­dence, and must be at least 1.2m high all the way around. Pool gates must open out­wards, be self­clos­ing and self-latch­ing. Also, never prop open a pool gate, be­cause if you forget about it the re­sults could be dis­as­trous.” The re­quire­ments dif­fer for pools built be­fore 2010. Go to the NSW Fair Trad­ing web­site, fair­trad­ing.nsw.gov.au, for de­tails. CPR CHART: Have a cur­rent stateap­proved chart dis­played. REG­IS­TER: Pool own­ers need to re­fer to their state’s leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments and have their pool reg­is­tered. It is the owner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure a pool com­plies with the Act. Visit swim ming­pool­reg­is­ter.nsw.gov.au. SAFE ZONE: En­sure there is no fur­ni­ture, toys or any ap­pa­ra­tus chil­dren could use to en­ter a pool area un­su­per­vised. Pool chem­i­cals should be locked away. Ac­tively su­per­vise chil­dren. Dur­ing par­ties or gath­er­ings by the pool, nom­i­nate a des­ig­nated child su­per­vi­sor. CHECK­LIST: A range of pool in­spec­tion as­sess­ment check­lists has been cre­ated for pool and spas, go to wa­ter­safety.nsw.gov.au.

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