Warn­ing over pools

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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