Be pool safe this summer

With the weather warming and summer just around the corner, it's time to think about pool safety.   

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Backyard swimming pools are popular across Australia, and they can provide an endless source of family fun and outdoor fitness.

Unfortunately, they can also be deadly. Every summer several toddlers and small children die or are seriously injured in backyard pools across NSW.

Thankfully these drowning incidents are preventable. Home pool fencing and effective supervision can help reduce tragic child drowning deaths to zero. 

If you own a backyard pool or spa, take time now to ensure that it is safe. Safety is the responsibility of all pool owners and an unsafe or unsupervised pool can affect the whole community.

A safe pool has child-resistant barriers that restrict access to the pool area. Pools must be separated from a residential dwelling by a child-resistant barrier by law.

Access to the pool and lack of adult supervision consistently contribute to child drownings. When access is restricted, children are more likely to be supervised as someone must accompany the child into the pool area.

The NSW Government registers pools and spas across the state and assists pool owners with safety checklists at swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.

You can also find heaps of information on the City of Newcastle website, newcastle.nsw.gov.au, about pool requirements, general water safety, lifeguard patrols at our beaches and ocean baths, and swimming centre opening hours.

All beaches will be patrolled during the summer from 29 September 2018 until 28 April 2019. Lambton Swimming Centre is open for the season, Beresfield Swimming Centre opens 29 September and Mayfield, Wallsend and Stockton pools all open 1 October.

With our pool safety checklists done and dusted, we can all enjoy a fun, safe Aussie summer in the backyard pool as well as at our Newcastle beaches and swimming centres. 

Matt Murray