Summer is finally here and it's time to dive into our pools. But did you know a third of pool owners have never checked the safety of their gate and fence?
December is 'Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month' and a timely reminder to do the right thing and get prepared for peak swimming season.
Water safety advocate Laurie Lawrence said pool owners need to be methodical and consistent about checking pool gate latches and hinges regularly.
"I find it horrifying that despite 81% of pool owners knowing a faulty, unlatched or propped-open gate was the most common reason a child gained access to a pool area unsupervised, one in five parents still have no idea what to check to ensure their gate and fence are secure."
D&D Technologies have up some great tips so that everyone has a safe summer.
Pool gates checklist
- Gate(s) should open outwards, away from the pool
- Latch release knob should be at least 1500mm above ground level
- Gate must be self-closing and self-latching
- Gate hinges should be rust-free and bind-free
- Gate should carry reliable, tension-adjustable hinges
- Latch must be adjustable for height and width.
- Hinges must be adjustable for closing tension.
- Latch cannot be key locked in the "open" position
- Latch cannot be disengaged using implements
- Gate latch cannot be shaken or jolted open
- Gate will shut securely from any open angle or force
- Gate complies with all Australian Standards for pool safety
Check your pool fences and surrounds
- Fence panels should be securely in place and in good working order
- There should be no gaps or holes in the fence, or missing, loose, or rusted screws
- The distance between the ground and the bottom of the fence should be less than 100mm
- All objects that a child could climb on to scale the fence should be removed or trimmed (chairs, ladders, trees, shrubs, pot plants, pool toys etc)
- Store all pool chemicals in a locked area well away from children