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Published 21 January 2021

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for young children and most drownings occur in private backyard swimming pools?

Here’s some questions that will help you to assess the safety of your pool – whether it’s an inground, above ground or an inflatable pool:

  • Could a young child easily climb over, under or through your fence to get to the pool?
  • Do all the gates in your pool safety barrier close and latch properly so that they could not be easily opened by a small child?
  • Is the pool clear of toys and other floating objects that could attract a child’s attention?
  • Could a child get access to a swimming pool through a window in your house?
  • Do you keep an eye out for objects that could be used for climbing over a pool safety barrier?
  • Do you closely supervise children while they are in or outside the pool area?
  • Do you have resuscitation skills? Do you maintain the fence and gates?

Any structure containing water to a depth greater than 300 mm and used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, including baths, wading pools or spa pools, need Council development approval to ensure safety features, such as complying safety barriers and CPR signage are in place. Find out more