Every year over 35 Australian children under the age of five drown. Whilst all of these drowning deaths are preventable, it is the 50% that occur in home swimming pools where your immediate action can make a difference. Home pool fencing and effective supervision can reduce these tragic drowning deaths to zero immediately. Be Safe Pool Fence Inspections is reminding all home pool and spa owners with a basic prompt to check, fix and maintain their home pool in order to eliminate child drowning.
Swimming Pool Gates
Your gates must open outwards from the pool enclosure. Gates must be self-closing and self-latching, even when rested up against the latching device and not be able to be pulled open once latched. Gates must never be propped open, even when there is supervision as this leads to complacent pool safety and can lead to tragic situations arising.
Swimming Pool Fence
Your swimming pool fence must be in good working order with no gaps underneath the fence and finished ground works greater than 100mm. This includes garden mulch or soil, which can easily be scraped away to increase this distance. All fence panels must be in place and securely attached, with no rusted, broken or loose components, and no missing screws or bolts which can undermine the structural integrity of the pool fence and lead to non-compliance issues.
Around the Swimming Pool Fence
Your pool area must be kept clean and tidy, with any object that can be used to climb over the fence removed from the general vicinity. This includes outdoor furniture, pots, storage boxes and barbeques. Pool aids and pool toys should be stored securely away from the fence and out of view. Trees and shrubs must be kept neat and tidy so that children cannot use them to climb the fence.
Emergency Preparation and Supervision
Supervision is perhaps one of the most important aspects regarding pool safety. Adult supervision in combination with compliant pool fencing is without a doubt the most effective method of preventing child drowning’s and water immersion injuries. An up-to-date CPR sign must be visible from all locations in the pool area. First aid kits and up-to-date resuscitation and first aid skills are highly recommended for anyone who has a backyard pool or spa.
Further information is available on our Pool Fence Checklist, available here.
Pool Safety Inspections and Compliance Certificates Brisbane
Be Safe Pool Fence Inspections provides safety inspection in Brisbane, Logan City, Moreton Bay and Caboolture. Our highly knowledgeable inspectors know the pool legislation like the back of our hand and guarantee we will find a solution to get your pool fence to compliance each and every time. Having been inspecting pools for well over 5 years, there is no situation we have not come across. Don’t risk an in-experience pool fence inspector, have it done right the first time with Be Safe Pool Fence Inspections. Book your pool fence inspection with Be Safe Pool Fence Inspections. Call us on 1300 677 665 to arrange a pool inspection or book your pool inspection online.