As your local Pool Safety Inspector, we thought it a good time to share our Pool Safety Checklist for the Easter holiday season.
Pool Safety is paramount in reducing drownings.
Over the last 25 years, 965 children under the age of five drowned in Australia. Swimming pools are the leading location for child drowning, primarily due to a lapse in supervision, faulty gates, and propped open gates.
Home pool fencing and effective supervision can help reduce these tragic drowning deaths to zero. Brisbane Pool Certifiers is targeting every home pool owner with a basic reminder to check, fix and maintain their home pool and surrounds this year in order to help eliminate child drowning.
Disclaimer: This checklist does not substitute for a pool inspection and is for educational purposes only. Pool owners should consider getting a professional assessment of their pool’s compliance.
Home Pool Safety Checklist
Swimming Pool Gate
Gate must open outward from pool
Must be self closing and self latching
Latch must be more than 1.5m from the ground
Pool gate must latch shut on the first swing
Gate should swing back to the closed position after being opened.
Does gate latch and stay closed after it returns to the closed position? Is gate secure so that it can’t be pulled open once latched?
Is gate secure and doesn’t open if a child bounces on the bottom rail of the gate?
Are you aware of the dangers of propping the gate open?
Ensure the gap between the gate and the fence less than 100mm?
Swimming Pool Fence
Secure and in good working order
No more than 100mm from the ground
Should be at least 1.2m high
Vertical gaps no more than 100mm apart
Never prop gate open
Are all of the fence panels in place?
Ensure all of the fence panels securely attached
Have you checked the fence for gaps or holes?
Is the distance between the bottom rail and the ground less than 100mm?
Check there are no rusted, loose or missing screws?
Around The Swimming Pool Fence
Pool aids and toys should be stored securely and out of view
Objects that could be used to climb the fence should be removed from the area
Climbable objects near the pool fence must be removed. i.e. chairs, ladders, trees, pot plants, BBQ’s.
Toys should always be removed from the pool area and stored securely after use.
Trees or shrubs near the fence should be trimmed so that children can’t use them to climb the fence?
Store objects away from the fence and gates.
Adult supervision in combination with pool fencing is the most effective method of preventing your child from drowning.
When using the pool are you always within arms’ reach of any child under 5 years of age?
Are you aware of the dangers of leaving older children to supervise younger children when they are using the pool?
During parties is an adult designated ‘child supervisor’ duties around the pool?
Is the Resuscitation CPR Sign prominent in pool area?
Do you or your family members have up to date Resuscitation and First Aid skills?
Does your house have a First Aid Kit handy?
Is there a current Resuscitation Sign displayed prominently in the pool area?
Must be stored securely, out of view and out of children’s reach
Use protective equipment (gloves, goggles) when handling pool chemicals.
When using pool chemicals, do you add the chemical to water?
Use clean or original chemical containers when mixing chemicals to avoid vapours from incompatible chemicals.
Read the Safety Directions and Directions For Use label on the pool chemicals before use.
Electricity and water do not mix.
A Residual Current Device (RCD) or Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) can save lives
Do you have a RCD or RCCB on power supply? No – Have a RCD or RCCB installed
If you require a Pool Safety Certificate or would like us to do a Pool Safety Inspection to check for compliance with the Qld Pool Safety Regulations you can click here to book online www.brisbanepoolcertifiers.com.au