Make sure your pool is safe this summer

06 December 2019
Summer is here and the City of Canning is urging residents to make sure their pools are safe ahead of the holiday period.

According to Royal Life Saving Australia’s 2019 National Drowning Report, the largest portion of drowning deaths occurred during summer and home swimming pools are the leading location for drowning fatalities for children 0 – 14 years.

The City of Canning implores pool owners to maintain constant visual supervision of children around pools over summer.

Learning to swim is a life skill and could save your child if they ever get into trouble in the water. The City of Canning Swim School provides lessons at both Riverton and Cannington Leisureplexes, seven days a week for all age groups. To enrol, residents can contact Canning Swim School on 9231 0900 or email canning.swimschool@canning.wa.gov.au

Western Australian local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and effective in restricting access by young children.

The City completed over 2,200 swimming pool inspections last financial year and is up to date with the inspection schedule. The City would like to encourage residents, once they receive a letter confirming their inspection is due, to call the City on the number provided to make a booking.

City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said pools were a place of fun for many people over the warmer months and encouraged families to stay safe over the holiday period.

“Supervision, vigilance, and a compliant pool fence are first line of defence if we are to keep our children safe around pools this summer. Restricting access to water is absolutely essential in saving young lives and it is also the primary reason why our pool inspectors have been working so hard over the past year,” said Mayor Hall.

“I’m especially proud that our dedicated pool inspection team, with the assistance of Royal Life Saving Australia, has completed all required pool inspections – leaving no overdue inspections for the 2018/19 period.”

“It is also worth remembering that each year many pets – particularly dogs, drown in backyard pools. I urge home owners to never be tempted to prop open a self-closing pool gate – even for a few moments. The inherent risk to our children and to our pets is far too great.”

The City reminds home owners with pools to complete some simple checks and answer the following questions:
- Are your pool gates self-latching and self-closing?
- Are your self-closing doors leading into a pool area closing properly?
- Are your windows restricted to open no more than 100mm?

Penalties for non-compliant swimming pools are $5,000 as per the Western Australian Building Regulations 2012. The City of Canning has a check list for pool owners to ensure their pools are safe. View the list at www.canning.wa.gov.au/pools

If you have any questions about whether your swimming pool barrier complies, please contact the City on 1300 CANNING.

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