18 Nov How to Increase Pool Safety
There is nothing better having a pool for your family for the hot Queensland summers – it’s cooling, relaxing and fun. What more could you want? Except safety, of course. Having a secure and safe environment for everyone is essential for any pool owner. There are several key steps you need to take to increase your pool safety. In Queensland there are several pool safety laws that must be followed to ensure you are not fined – this is not only important for residents in Queensland, but relevant for any pool owner.
Maintain pool fences and safety barriers
A crucial step to increase your pool safety is to ensure appropriate and effective fences and safety barriers are in place. This will prevent young children from drowning or being seriously injured. Even once you have a fence around your pool, you must still perform regular maintenance to ensure any damages are fixed immediately.
Make family rules
Make sure your family, friends and other guardians know and remember the pool rules, such as: no diving in the shallow end, and no child under the age of 10 is allowed entrance without the supervision of an appropriate adult. Making these rules clear will increase your pool safety and avert preventable accidents.
Teach your children to swim
Increase your pool safety by teaching your children to swim at a young age. By teaching them early, encouraging them with protective flotation devices and professional swimming lessons, you decrease the chance of accidental drowning.
CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
Make sure that at least one adult supervisor in the pool area knows CPR. In the event something does go wrong, having someone who can perform CPR will increase the chances of survival. It also doesn’t hurt to have appropriate signage explaining how to perform CPR by the pool, just in case.
Register your pool or spa
Registering your pool or spa is crucial for any pool owner, otherwise you will risk a fine up to $2,356. By registering your pool, you help promote consistency of pool safety standard. Note: This is not the same as the pool or spa safety certificate which is only necessary when leasing or selling.
Finally, just be aware – use common sense to ensure your pool is a place for summer fun and not a preventable accident waiting to happen. Here at Mainstream Pools, we take safety seriously and we will assist in making sure your pool is as safe as can be, because increasing your pool safety for you and your family is our top priority.