Pools can be a place of fun and enjoyment for the whole family but, unfortunately, on the flip side they are also a place for high risk of drowning and injury.
According to royallifesaving.com.au 330 Australian children under the age of five have died from drowning, with 50% of those occurring within the home environment. That’s 330 too many.
Below we detail some helpful tips to keep your pool safe for the whole family.
Home pool safety and barriers
All pools filled with over 30cm of water require their own safety fencing; this includes children’s blow up pools and paddle pools. The rule also applies to in-ground and above-ground pools, jacuzzis, hot tubs and spas.
If you are in the process of building a pool, you’ll also need to ensure that you have a temporary pool fence erected during the construction process. Standard temporary fencing, construction fencing or crowd control barriers will not suffice, you will need to ensure you are using certified temporary pool fencing. There are plenty of temporary pool fence providers to choose from out there.
Learn first aid
One of the best things you can do for you family is to learn first aid and how to resuscitate. If a worst-case scenario occurs and your child has been submerged in water for a period of time, then you’ll need to be able to calmly remove them from the water and perform capable CPR in a timely manner. This is something your whole family could be educated in, you never know, it may one day save a life.
Check your fence parameters
Make sure there is nothing sitting near your fencing that can become a climbing object for children. This includes barbeques, pot plants/trees and furniture. It’s best to ensure there’s a minimum of a1metre distance between climbable objects and your pool fence.
Supervision is key
Children should be supervised at all time by a capable adult. Children five and under should be at arm’s length at all times, 10 and under should be within view and easily reachable at all times.
It’s never wise to leave responsibility of supervision to older children, regardless of how capable you think they are. If you are hosting a party always ensure there is a designated and sober adult supervising.
Educate your children on the basics of water and pool safety. Invest time and money in teaching your child to swim from a young age; it could very well save their life one day.
It’s unfortunately a necessary fact that you need to use certain chemicals to keep your pool clean and swimmable. These chemicals should be stored securely and out of view and reach of children. When handling these chemicals, it is also recommended that you use gloves and goggles to avoid the possibility of poisoning yourself. If mixing chemicals, make sure that you are doing so in a clean and uncontaminated vessel.
Empty out smaller pools
Consider emptying out smaller paddle pools, even if they only have less than 30 cm of water in them. These smaller pools don’t normally have a filtration system so it makes them a breeding ground for bacteria and mosquitos!
Author bio: This article was written by the team at The Temporary Fencing Shop, specialists in temporary fencing products and crowd control barriers across Australia.