Pool Safety – General

Home Pools

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. Watersafe2012-1265In 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:

  • Building Industry Officials New Zealand (BOINZ)-led development of a national Pool Compliance staff training programme.
  • Enhanced partnerships with City/District Councils, child safety professionals, the pool industry, risk analysis experts and home pool owners. The project produced an Auckland regional pool fencing and safety brochure and posters which ensured a consistent approach in providing information to pool owners. You can download these from the resources panel (right).

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