According to the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, in the last five years over 150 Australian children under the age of five have drowned, with 50 per cent of these deaths occurring in backyard pools.
There's no better time than now to ensure your pool is safe – remember, home pool fencing and effective adult supervision is key to keeping our youngest community members safe.
Tips for ensuring pool safety this summer:
- Ensure pool gate swings back into a closed position and pool fence panels are securely in place
- Make sure there is always adult supervision
- Remove all climbable objects away from the pool fence i.e. chairs, ladders, trees, pot plants, BBQ's etc.
- Ensure all pool pumps, grates and suction fittings are in place and maintained in good condition
- Display a current Resuscitation Sign prominently in the pool area and have up to date CPR and First Aid Skills
- Ensure pool chemicals are stored securely and out of view
Residents are reminded that Council will be waiving fees for all domestic pool safety inspections until 31 January 2017.
To ensure your backyard pool is compliant with Queensland's pool safety laws contact Council to book a free inspection.
For more information about pool compliance visit www.maranoa.qld.gov.au/pool-safety and for more tips on pool safety head to www.royallifesaving.com.au.