‘Closing the gate’ on child drownings in the home

Maax Spa & Jadan Spas are proud to support a very important initiative from Kidsafe surrounding Pool & Spa safety around the home; an issue that has already, or could potentially touch the lives of every family in Australia.

The initiative looks at reminding parents and pool owners of the importance of checking and maintaining pool and spa fencing; a requirement for all Bodies of water in Australian backyards.

Figures released last week in the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s (RLSSA) 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. Source: Kidsafe Victoria Website https://www.kidsafevic.com.au

The terrible nature of drownings of toddlers is that the drowning happens very quickly, and almost always completely silently. Responsible parents and carers who are otherwise vigilant are often caught out and may not be watching for the 15-20 seconds that it commonly takes for a child to drown. Moreover, once rescued, even if the child survives, they are often left with permanent disabilities.

Sunday October 1st has been marked as the date for a ‘party at your house’, a reminder for homeowners and renters to check pool fencing and gates, ready for the summer period.

Key messages:

  • Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under 5 in Australia, with backyard pools being the most common location for drowning incidents to occur
  • 20 seconds is all it takes for a toddler to drown
  • Simply having a pool/spa barrier in place isn’t enough on its own to keep children safe. A large number of swimming pool drowning incidents are a result of faulty or non-compliant pool/spa barriers
  • Regular maintenance is necessary. It takes approximately 15 minutes to check your barrier thoroughly using LSV’s home pool safety checklist
  • Active adult supervision is the key to keeping children safe around water

Common issues with pool barriers include:

  • Gates and doors that don’t self-latch or self-close
  • Climbable objects near the barrier e.g. pot plants, chairs, pool pumps near the pool barrier which could allow a child to climb over the fence
  • Excess space under the fence, and;
  • Misuse (e.g. propping the pool gate open)

Source: Kidsafe Victoria Website https://www.kidsafevic.com.au

Maax Spa & Jadan Spas support this campaign and together, we can work towards a safer and more enjoyable Summer, beginning with water safety around the home.

Enjoy the summer and remember to check your fencing and gates on Sunday October 1st!