Warning over pools
WITH the arrival of the school holidays, local residents are being urged to ensure their swimming pools are safe.
It is no surprise that summer is the most common period for drownings and home swimming pools the most likely location for drownings among children aged up to 14 years.
The City of Canning completed more than 2200 swimming pool inspections last financial year and encouraged residents that receive notice of an inspection to call the City as soon as possible to book a time.
“Supervision, vigilance and a compliant pool fence are first line of defence if we are to keep our children safe around pools this summer,” Canning Mayor Patrick Hall.
“It is also worth remembering that each year many pets, particularly dogs, drown in backyard pools.
“I urge home owners to never be tempted to prop open a self-closing pool gate, even for a few moments; the risk to children and pets is far too great.”
The City also provides swimming lessons at both Riverton and Cannington Leisureplexes, seven days a week, for all age groups.
To enrol, call Canning Swim School on 9231 0900 or email canning.swim[email protected]ning.wa.gov. au.
WA local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and effective in restricting access by young children.
Penalties for noncompliant swimming pools are $5000.
Pool inspector Sam Gimondo in front of a compliant pool enclosure in St James.