Sunday November 29, 2015
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies has urged local homeowners to check their backyard pool and spa for potential safety hazards in the lead up to summer.
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in young children in NSW and the NSW Government is committed to reducing the number of tragic incidents in backyard pools.
“In the past 13 years, 83 young children have drowned in NSW swimming pools. This is a distressing figure, which highlights the importance of pool safety,” said Tanya Davies, “As we gear up for summer, homeowners and carers should be vigilant in maintaining safety and supervision near pools and swimming areas.”
“Any child drowning is one too many. We can avoid drowning deaths and injuries by ensuring child-resistant pool fences are well-maintained and pool gates are self-closing or self-latching, and regularly checked,” Tanya Davies said.
A special event will take place on Sunday November 29 – Summer Safety Sunday. The campaign reminds people across NSW that it’s critical to inspect your pool and spa and put it through the full safety check.
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said it’s important that pool barriers and fences are checked regularly.
“Pool owners should also register their pool with their local council or online if they have not already done so,” Mr Toole said.
Royal Life Saving NSW CEO David Macallister said there had been too many tragedies.
“Every drowning has such a big impact on so many people. All backyard pools must meet safety standards. Make sure you are ready,” Mr Macallister said.
“Too many kids' lives are being lost. We are seeing too many brain injuries and too many families deeply affected. It has to stop.”
Register your backyard swimming pool and download pool barrier checklists at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
Find out about pool and space safety requirements www.royallifesaving.com.au