Brought to you by Total Inspections Pool Safety Inspections
We’ve all heard the classic TV advertisements.
But how many of you have taken that next step to make pool safety your #1 priority?
Summer in Australia has well and truly begun, but not everyone understands what that fully entails.
Kids, teens and even tantrum’ing toddlers will be making a mad dash to the pool once that midday swelter settles in. Everyone’s excited and ready to cannonball into the water’s cool, refreshing embrace.
So if you haven’t run through your pool safety checklist recently, this is your official reminder.
After all, it’s essential that everyone remains safe and happy so that you can enjoy that leisurely swim in the pool after stuffing yourself full at Christmas Day lunch.
Fence the Pool
While pool and spa fencing may seem like the most obvious safety requirement, there are specifics to consider. Safety fencing must meet Australian Standard 1926 safety regulations.
To be considered safe, your pool fencing must:
- be at least 1.2m tall
- be sturdy, secure and regularly maintained
- have horizontal bars, minimum 900mm apart
- have no vertical gaps greater than 100mm apart
- have a self-latching, child-proof gate – latch must be at least 1.5m off the ground!
- have no missing, loose or rusted screws
- be a safe distance from climbable objects or trees
Once your fencing meets these requirements, you’re well on your way towards a safe, worry-free pool & spa experience.
Shut the Gate
Great. Now that your fencing is sorted, let’s pay closer attention to the gate.
Keep that gate shut!
Children and even your household pets are incredibly curious by nature. Keep their snooping to a safe distance by ensuring your pool gate remains secured shut at all times when not in use.
Self-closing and self-latching functionality will make sure of this, particularly helpful in those moments where it slips your mind. You also want your gate to swing outwards, away from the pool.
Don’t be afraid to give the gate a few test runs of your own. Swing the gate open and make sure it automatically closes, latches and refuses to budge, even with exerted pressure.
If your gate is in good working order, meeting the above specifications with a latch more than 1.5m off the ground – congrats! You’re ready for swim training.
Teach Your Kids to Swim
Get the kids into some certified swimming lessons.
What better to invest in than your child’s safety? They’ll become acquainted with standard pool rules and etiquette, the necessities of supervision and basic swimming techniques.
Ask yourself the following–
‘If my child/ren were to fall into the pool, would they make it to the pool’s edge unassisted?’
‘Does my child/ren understand that they require adult permission and supervision before they can enter the water?’
If you answered no to one or both of these questions, then it’s time for some swim lessons.
Supervise, Watch Your Mate
Constant supervision is a must. Whether the kids are playing in the pool or merely hanging out nearby, you’ll want to be watching them like a hawk.
All it takes is a quick misstep or push in the wrong direction to end up with a troublesome situation on your hands.
And while this responsibility falls primarily upon parents, guardians and carers, there are benefits to encouraging your child/ren to look out for those around them.
It’s essential to understand the risks and dangers of leaving an older child to supervise the little ones. Never rely on children to look out for one another- however, teaching kids to be vigilant and check in on their mates can only be a good thing.
Learn How To Resuscitate
We all hope we’ll never have to deal with an emergency. But those moments tend to strike when we least expect, and if you aren’t prepared…
Learning resuscitation and first-aid techniques and procedures may one day be the key to saving someone’s life. Displaying signage with relevant CPR demonstrations is highly recommended for those who have not recently undergone resuscitation training.
Of course, there are always CPR and first-aid training courses available. And if you have your own first-aid kit stored somewhere easily accessible, even better!
Need a residential or commercial pool safety inspection or certification?
Whether your pool is new or established in a residential home, resort or business, a Total Inspections pool safety assessment will protect you, your family, guests & investment.
Total Inspections will review and assess items such as:
- Your pool fence material and age
- The height of your pool fence
- Assessment of your pool gates and latches
- A review of the fence gaps between your fence rails if applicable and subject to your pool fence design
- And other issues taking into account objects around your pool or pool fence that may encourage children to climb in or out or that may make your residential or commercial pool unsafe or fail your local council and Australia’s pool safety regulations.
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If you’re after peace of mind and quality inspections for your pool or spa, please contact Total Inspections today on 1800 TOTAL 1 (1800 868 251) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.