Awareness rated key to safety
WITH the warmer seasons here the Royal Life Saving Society Australia is urging parents and carers to be aware of the drowning risks posed by portable, local and backyard swimming pools to young children.
The society has launched its Safe Barriers Save Lives safety campaign and Royal Life Saving Society CEO Justin Scarr said the latest drowning report showed shocking figures.
The report found there were 12 drowning deaths in children aged five to 14 years and 29 drowning deaths of children aged zero to four years.
"Drowning in school aged children is the lowest of any age group, but no less tragic,” Mr Scarr said.
"Though many Australian children swim well, we still find too many kids can't swim at all and have limited water safety knowledge.
"It's important that State and Territory Governments, local councils, schools and parents all play their part.”
Since 2002 17 children aged zero to four years old have drowned in portable pools nationwide with all instances indicating adult supervision had lapsed and the vast majority of portable pools were unfenced.
"Many parents may not be aware of the legal requirement in most states and territories to fence a pool deeper than 30cm,” Mr Scarr said.
"If you're planning on using or buying a portable pool over the warmer months, consider how you can make it safe.”
Royal Life Saving has developed the Make It Safe campaign in partnership with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and aims to educate parents, grandparents and carers of drowning risks portable pools pose.
Parents are also encouraged to check with the North Burnett Regional Council regarding local fencing requirements.
For more information regarding the Make It Safe campaign visit www.royallifesaving.com.au.