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Council encourages residents to make pool safety a priority this summer

Posted 26 November 2010 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor Sansom said with drowning one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five, it is crucial that backyard pools remain adequately fenced and protected.

“In Hurstville City, swimming is a popular recreational activity and it is important to reiterate the message of pool safety by ensuring regular checks of gates and fences are part of ongoing pool maintenance,” he said.

“Whilst proper swimming pool fencing and other safety measures help to save lives, teaching children to swim is a must, as is adult supervision of children when they are near the pool or when they are swimming.

“Council offers Austswim accredited swimming lessons at the Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre at Penshurst.

“I strongly encourage all pool owners in Hurstville City to make sure their pools are safe. By following some simple precautions the pool can be enjoyed safely by family and friends over the summer period.”

Some simple pool safety checks to remember include:

• Children must never use the pool unattended
• Install self-closing and self-latching gates that automatically close when let go
• Pool gates should open outwards from the pool and not into the enclosed area
• Ensure the fence gate’s latching mechanism is 1.5 metres above ground level
• Never under any circumstances leave the gate open or hold the gate open
• Check your pool fencing is at least 1.2 metres in height above ground level
• Undertake appropriate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) contact the St Johns Ambulance Society or the Royal Life Saving
• A resuscitation chart with diagrams for CPR must be displayed in the pool area

Mayor Sansom said Council’s website is also a great resource for finding additional pool safety information.

“The website provides an extensive amount of information about not only pool safety but also ensuring your backyard pool complies with Council regulations,” he said.
“Also for those residents heading to the coast for the holidays you should always swim on a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags and if unsure about surf conditions, speak to a surf life guard on duty.”

For more information about pool safety requirements, contact Council’s Duty Officer on 9330 6222 or visit www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Swimming-Pools.html

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