Pool Safety Tips – a few quick ways you can be safer around your pool

Supervision is the most essential part of pool safety on the Gold Coast. There should always be an adult supervising when toddlers and children are playing in or around swimming pools. Supervision is much more than just being available, it means actively watching after the children to make sure that they are not injured, not at risk, and are acting correctly around the water. As children grow up, they will start to want to get increasingly more reckless around the pool – diving, cannonballs, etc – teaching them from a young age to appropriately respect how hazardous a pool can be if the child does not behave correctly – can be important in avoiding injuries and mishaps not just when they are toddlers or children.

Pool fences are legally required for safety – but they can do their job only when you use them correctly. To make sure your Gold Coast pool fence actually can help avoid accidents and children going into the pool area unsupervised, follow these suggestions:

  • Make sure the area doesn’t include any items that would allow children to climb up and over the fencing. Items like pot plants and chairs, can be used to gain additional height to get over the fence, or could invite a child to try to climb the fence and get injured.
  • Climb points also relate to tree branches that may be looming over the pool. Keep in mind, if this is true with a new pool then your pool fence is unlikely to be compliant and won’t be registerable. However, if it is a well-established swimming pool though, you will have to ensure that no branches are growing over the pool area that could present a climb risk.
  • Keep the gate closed so children can’t make it through without you,
  • Never support the gate open. If it needs to be left open for repairs, make sure all outside doors are locked.
  • Maintain, repair or replace the safety latch or hinge. This means ensuring that the latch is properly opening and closing, and that the hinges have sufficient force behind them to automatically close from any open position – even just a few centimeters.
  • Learn CPR – and keep up your training every year. first aid is an essential skill for everyone
  • Make certain that gates, windows and doors can not be used to access the pool unless there is a safety and security latch or barrier.– For example, self-closing latches and flyscreens.

While a frameless glass pool fence is much safer and harder to climb up than an aluminium fence, it still has to be taken care of, and you need to ensure that you don’t place anything against that fence that could be climbed. One of the most common issues with pool safety is climb points, and bracing the gate open. You should certainly never prop the gate open, if the latch is jamming and hard to open, you should contact someone like Absolut to service the fence so that it works smoothly – it is never the answer to just prop the gate open.
If you have any problems around pool safety or how to maintain your fence feel free to get in touch with absolut on 1300 937 902

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