The striking photo you see is currently being used in a NSW Government-led campaign to help reduce the amount of drowning deaths across the state.
Unfortunately drowning remains the leading external cause of death for children under five years of age, with 18 children having drowned in backyard pools over the past year.
Each year an average of 13 drowning deaths and 84 non-fatal drowning incidents occurred in NSW children aged 0 to 17 years between the years 2002 to 2015.* Children under five years of age have the highest mortality rate out of any age group, with approximately 60% of drowning occurring in swimming pools.**
Swimming pools are the leading location for child drowning, primarily due to a lapse in supervision, faulty gates, and propped open gates.
Given these startling statistics, it’s no understatement to say that it’s a pool owner’s moral and legal duty to ensure that their pool is safe every single day.
This checklist enables pool owners to carry out a self-assessment of the home pool and its surroundings. Helping to minimise the risk of young children drowning while also ensuring that it’s a safe space for everyone to enjoy.
This home pool safety checklist looks at the following areas:
- Swimming pool gate;
- Swimming pool fence;
- Around the swimming pool fence;
- Pump, grates and suction;
- Emergency preparation; and
Whilst this home pool checklist is not to be considered a substitute for a professional assessment of your pool’s compliance, it’s a great starting point to create the right mindset of pool safety in the home.
As given we are now on the cusp of school holidays and downtime, which will inevitably see many of us hanging out near the pool, now is the time to download this free Home Pool Safety Checklist and start making sure your pool is safe and secure for your loved ones.
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**NSW Ministry of Health (2015) Injury related hospitalisations (unpublished data). Sydney: Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence