Pool safety is a system of child-resistant barriers that restrict access to the pool area by children. Two factors are consistently identified with pool drownings and near drownings; access to the pool and adult supervision.
If access to the pool is restricted and maintained, the child is more likely to be supervised as someone has to let the child into the pool area.
"It is a sad fact that for every drowning death victim there are three to four near drowning survivors and that over 22% of near drowning victims are left with severe or persisting consequences."
Samuel Morris Foundation Director, Michael Morris
Although child deaths in NSW fell almost 40% in the past decade, the number of child drownings in backyard pools has not changed. The majority of child drownings occur in private pools/ spas.
National drowning statistics 2006-07 - supplied by 2007 National and NSW drowning reports
Between 2000-2005 in NSW there were 35 drownings, of which:
If you own a pool or rent a property with a pool, you have a direct impact on pool safety. You are part of the Action Plan for Pool Safety. Download the Swimming Pools Safety Checklist to help you out.
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