Domestic pools, swimming or spa, in-ground or portable, are a great asset, providing many hours of fun and activity for the family, however statistics clearly show that they present a significant danger for young children. In the five years (2008-2012) there were 20 drownings in home pools, half of those were preschoolers (0-4yrs).
Direct access from the dwelling to the pool remains the main danger for one to three-year-olds. The good news is that all these drownings are preventable through isolation fencing, active supervision and employing other layers of protection. Fencing must be compliant, and as Auckland Council Pool Inspector Jeremy Kirwan explains in this video, many pool inspections fail because of simple things, that could be easily fixed, or avoided by regular maintenance.
Your Pool. Your Responsibility is an ongoing campaign, in conjunction with Auckland Council, that aims to reduce fatal drowning and immersion injuries such as neurological damage in this age group.
The campaign highlights the responsibility of pool owners to keep young children safe by providing approved pool fencing that complies with the regulations set by the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act and to also have secondary layers of protection in place. ‘Your Pool Your Responsibility’ also reminds parents and caregivers that there is no substitute for active supervision of children at all times in or near the pool. Campaign highlights include:
A comprehensive list of barriers to keep children safer around your pool can be found in Related Files Panel (right) and to find out more about the Layers of Protection visit that page. Remember also, that portable / inflatable spa and swimming pools come with responsibilities as well, visit the Portable Pools page for more information.
Public Pools – Please visit the Neighbourhood Safety section for more information
School Pools – Please visit the Principals, Teachers, Boards of Trustees section in Education for more information