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Spotlight turned on backyard safety with pools and spas

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September 30, 2017

ECHUCA-MOAMA pool and spa owners are being urged to check their safety barriers this weekend to help prevent backyard drownings.

ECHUCA-MOAMA pool and spa owners are being urged to check their safety barriers this weekend to help prevent backyard drownings.

Kidsafe Australia has launched its Safe Barriers Save Lives Pool Party Campaign, which calls on all pool and spa owners to check the safety of their barriers when they change their clocks at the start of daylight saving on Sunday.

Figures released recently in the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show in 2016-17, toddler drowning incidents increased by 32 per cent. During this period, 29 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. Most (45 per cent) occurred in backyard swimming pools. Between July 1, 2002, and June 30 this year, 109 children in NSW and Victoria, aged 0-4 years drowned in backyard swimming pools and outdoor spas.

Campaspe Shire Council regulatory and community services general manager Paul McKenzie said council building staff would be carrying out swimming pool safety barrier audits of backyard swimming pools and spas throughout the shire during the next few weeks.

‘‘These audits are selected randomly from our aerial photography to ensure swimming pools are compliant with Victorian Building Regulations and relevant Australian standards,’’ he said.

With the weather warming up, Mr McKenzie said now was the time to check pool safety fencing, gates and remove obstacles around home pools or spas.

For more information go to kidsafevic.com.au

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