It’s great spending time by the pool on those hot and sunny summer days, but before you do start using your pool it’s important to make sure that your pool and pool area are safe for your family and friends to use.
To do this it is important to make sure that your pool and in particular your pool’s fence, meet all appropriate state and federal pool safety standards. Check with the local if you’re at all unsure about the legal safety requirements of your pool.
Even if your pool and pool fence meet all safety requirements though, you still need to be vigilant about pool safety and keep the following in mind:
- Make sure your pool gate is kept shut at all times, so that children can not access the pool without you, and never leave the gate propped open.
- Keep your gate and any other safety measure well-maintained. If for example your gate’s safety latch isn’t working, then fix it.
- Clear away items around your gate that children could climb over – things such as pot plants and chairs.
- If you do have children at your home, then it may be a good idea to attend a first aid course, as this could prove to be lifesaving if an accident occurs.
- When children are around the pool, make sure they are always being supervised. Never leave children in the pool or pool area alone.
- Educate and familiarise children with water from a young age by taking them to lessons at a local pool.
There is a great checklist with plenty more information about pool safety at www.homepoolsafety.com.au.
It is so important that everyone with a pool makes sure that it is safe and up to standard, so that we can all have fun and relax by our pools this summer.