Pool & Spa Safety

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Pool safety is a system of child-resistant barriers that restrict access to the spa/pool area by children.

Two factors are consistently identified with pool drownings and near drownings:

  • access to the pool and
  • adult supervision

 

The ‘Kids Can Drown Without a Sound’ campaign from Kids Health at The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network aims to raise water safety awareness and encourage families to take appropriate precautions when children are in or near water - more information is available for download in 17 different languages from the Kids Health website.

 

NSW Child Drowning Report

A 15 year analysis of causal factors for fatal drowning of children under 5 years in private swimming pools 2002/03-2016/17.

NSW Child Drowning Report for Private Swimming Pools(PDF, 3MB)

 

What can I do?

Check there are adequate pool safety barriers in place separating the pool from the residence, adjoining properties and the neighbourhood.

  • Are these barriers compliant with current legislation?
  • Ensure all of the pool safety barriers are maintained and operating eg check gates are self-closing and self-latching.
  • Supervise children when using the swimming pool.
  • Make sure pool gates are kept closed at all times.
  • Keep articles, objects and structures at least 900mm clear of the pool fence at all times, eg chairs, pot plants.