More than 150 Australian children under the age of five have drowned in the past five years.
With half of these drownings occurring in backyard pools, now is the perfect time to assess how safe your pool is.
If you’re not sure where to start look to the experts, the Royal Lifesaving Society Australia has put together a checklist for all pool owners to follow.
This comprehensive guide looks at the pool gate, fence, around the fence, supervision, pumps grates and suction, emergency preparation, chemicals and electricity.
With the weather starting to warm up now is the perfect time to check over your pool and surrounds.
To read or download the entire guide go to www.royallifesaving.com.au.
An app, PoolSafety, has been developed based on the checklist to give you an interactive version on your smartphone.
Once your pool and surrounds has been checked now is the ideal time to have a look at yourself.
All members of the family should have an understanding of basic first aid, CPR and rescue techniques.
It’s also a good idea to complete the bronze medallion if possible.
The course is run by the the Royal Lifesaving Society and covers lifesaving techniques.