ROYAL Life Saving’s latest campaign highlights that inadequate pool fencing remains a major contributing factor in the rate of drowning in backyard swimming pools among children under five.
Last summer, rates were more than four times the 10-year average between Christmas and New Year.
Children accounted for a significant portion of these preventable tragedies.
Royal Life Saving has developed a home pool safety checklist.
This checklist allows pool owners to conduct a self-assessment of the home pool and its surrounds to ensure it is safe for everyone to enjoy and minimises the risk of young children drowning.
Royal Life Saving Society - Australia chief executive Justin Scarr said often pool owners don’t realise their pool fence or gate is faulty and poses a threat to their children’s safety.
‘‘Pool fences, pool gates and latches should be regularly checked and maintained as parts can break or become defective over time,’’ he said.
For more information and to download the home pool safety checklist visit: www.royallifesaving.com.au