Safety and further information
There are three key elements to effective pool safety:
- Adult supervision of children
- Pool barrier maintenance
- Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
It is important to remember that while fencing may assist in reducing drownings in backyard pools, the most effective way to prevent drownings is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible adult.
Research on child drownings in backyard swimming pools indicates that the most common contributing factors are inadequately fenced pools and human error (for example, people leaving the gate open, or fences not being maintained in good condition).
People choosing to have a swimming pool or spa pool have a responsibility to ensure that pool safety barrier/s and gate/s are installed, operated and maintained to the Australian Standard referred to in the Swimming Pool Regulation.
It is also important that parents and others responsible for supervising children in and around swimming pools know how to administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The Royal Life Saving Society and the Red Cross are just some of the organisations which conduct accredited CPR courses. Everyone is encouraged to undertake CPR training and update it at least every three years. Families should discuss what to do in the event that CPR is required so that they can respond quickly and help to save lives.