Increasing the layers of protection will reduce the risk around your pool.
- Adult supervision – Always have a responsible Water Watcher, especially at social events and barbeques. Supervision means:
- Constant visual contact by a competent adult;
- Proximity: adults stay close to non-swimmers and under 5s;
- Without distraction such as phone, dinner, doorbell; and
- Being ready to respond in an emergency.
- Fencing and gates – Compliant fencing and self-closing and self-latching gates with latches above 1500mm.
- Self-closer doors – Self-closers on any doors that open directly to the pool area.
- Door Alarms – Compliant with UL 2017 standard.
- Pool Alarms – Compliant with ASTM F2208 standard.
- Safety Covers – Rigid, lockable covers for spa pools and a pool cover compliant with ASTM F1346-91 standard.
- Window restrictors – On windows that open to pools to restrict the opening to 100mm.
- Signage – Signage must be displayed on any doors that lead directly to the pool area and on covers of spa pools and hot tubs.
- Removing ladders – For above ground pools and spa pools.
- Telephone – Take a telephone to the pool for emergency purposes.
- Child education – Teach children water safety rules and water confidence. Never assume that a child is water safe.
- Safety Turtle – Alarm device for children that will sound if they enter water.
- Neighbouring fences – Check that your neighbours have removed objects such as pot plants and compost bins which may assist a child to climb into your pool.
- Check the Pool First – If a child is missing.
- Water Clarity – Keeping your pool clear will ensure you can easily see a child if they are missing.
- CPR – Adult ability to perform child CPR greatly increases recovery.
- CPR Chart – Display a CPR Chart within your pool surround.
Pool Safety Game – Why is this a drowning waiting to happen?
This is a fun, interactive game (in PDF format) you can download. Move your mouse over the picture to discover the 14 problems with the pool area. When you find a problem click your mouse to find out what to do to reduce the risk. Fun for the kids too.
*While the resource attached to this page reference the old FOSP Act (1987) they do offer broader advice that helps ensure your pool is a safer place for young children.