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Summer pool fun… safely please!

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Who got an inflatable pool or spa for Christmas? There are so many fantastic blow-up pools on the market and they certainly help to entertain the kids over the summer months! There’s still plenty of hot weather left to enjoy them, but it’s timely to remember some safety warnings.

It’s a topic we don’t like to discuss, however, statistics show drowning is the biggest cause of accidental death for young children, especially in the private backyard swimming pool. It has been recorded one child on an average dies each year in a portable pool in Australia (3cm of water in 20 seconds*).

What do you have to do if you own an inflatable pool and/or portable spa? You need to head into your local council office and find out what your responsibilities and any legal obligations are before you fill it with water. Generally, one of the main requirements is the installation of safety barriers. In some states and territories pools with more than 30cm in depth, intended for swimming, must be fenced by law. In the situation of a portable spa, a child-resistant hard cover cannot be used as a safety barrier instead of a fence. Why? It’s because there is a lack of current regulatory standards for spa pool covers and when the cover is off there is no barrier.

Unfortunately, when we purchase these inflatable pools and/or portable spas they don’t normally come with compliance instructions and/or any notifications advising you to check your legal obligations. There is a lot of information available online which can steer you in the right direction. Consumer and Business Services posted, via their CBS Connect newsletter, in December 2019 a portable pool safety campaign: “Make it SAFE”– Supervise, Act, Fence, Empty. Whilst some of the videos are confronting the messages are clear; we must take action and play our part in pool safety, for our children, not just for your own family but for the community.*

* Quotes & information have been obtained from CBS Connect December 2019 newsletter and sa.gov.au

Also see: https://kidsafe.com.au/water-safety/

Call Lisa Akeroyd at Barossa Rental Specialists on 0414 335 660 – or drop into our new Tanunda office – to discuss your rental strategy.

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