Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show that in 2016/17, toddler drowning incidents increased by 32%. During this period, 29 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (45%) occurred in backyard swimming pools.
While safety barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of barriers that are faulty, or non-compliant with Australian standards.
Kidsafe’s ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ Backyard Pool Safety campaign calls on all pool and spa owners to sign up to Kidsafe’s pool party event on Facebook and pledge to check the safety of their pool or spa barrier on Sunday October 1, in the lead up to the warmer months.
For more information to assist you to check the safety of your pool and spa barrier, please click on the resources below:
‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ video – checking the safety of your pool barrier with Matt Welsh
Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s Home Pool Safety Checklist
This campaign is proudly supported by Safetech Hardware.