With plenty of hot weather still to come this summer, inflatable and portable swimming and wading pools seem like a good idea to keep young children cool – as well as adults. The sad fact is they also increase the risk of drowning if safety precautions aren’t taken and building regulations not complied with. 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 be aware that mandatory fencing may apply, even for small portable or inflatable pools, In South Australia if a pool is 30cm or greater in depth, there’s a legal requirement for it to be fenced. Contact your local council for further information and play it safe.
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.
There is a lot of information available online to keep you up-to-date this summer:
Check the “Make it SAFE– Supervise, Act, Fence, Empty” campaign on the Consumer and Business Services website: www.cbs.sa.gov.au/campaigns/portable-pool-safety-2020
The SA Government has a pdf guide on pool fencing available to download: www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/19389/Is_your_swimming_pool_kid_safe.pdf
Royal Life Saving Australia advise that following the tragic event involving a jumping castle in Devonport, Tasmania, they have received queries from across the National Aquatic Industry regarding waterborne inflatable safety in relation to risks resulting from gusts of wind and inflatable use in outdoor pools. See their update here: www.royallifesaving.com.au/about/news-and-updates/news/Safety-Alert-Inflatable-Safety
Call Lisa Akeroyd’s friendly team at Barossa Rental Specialists on 0414 335 660 or visit the office by appointment at Shop 5, 109 Murray Street, Tanunda.