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.