Fence the pool, shut the gate

November 04, 2017

Campaspe Shire Council is urging pool owners to make this weekend your home pool safety weekend.

IT IS time to check your pool is safe.

Campaspe Shire Council is urging pool owners to make this weekend your home pool safety weekend.

Regulatory and community services general manager Paul McKenzie said with the weather warming up it was the perfect time.

‘‘Now is the time for pool owners to check fencing, gates and nearby obstacles to avoid potential drowning fatalities,’’ he said.

‘‘Gates need to be self-closing and self-latching as well as fencing checked for damage and security.’’

Mr McKenzie said council building staff are currently conducting swimming pool safety barrier audits.

‘‘This is taking place via aerial photography at random for backyard swimming pools and spas within the shire,’’ he said.

‘‘This is to ensure swimming pools are compliant with Victorian Building Regulations and relevant Australian Standards.

‘‘Property owners are encouraged to do their own checks first and contact council if further help is needed.’’

In the past ten years, more than 330 Australian children under the age of five have drowned.

Of these deaths 50 per cent occur in home swimming pools where immediate action can make a difference.

Royal Life Saving Australia has developed a home pool safety checklist.

This checklist allows pool owners to conduct a self-assessment of the home pool and its surrounds to ensure it is safe for everyone to enjoy and minimises the risk of young children drowning.

■Pool gate:

Must open outward from pool, be self-closing and self-latching, latch must be more than 1.5m from the ground and it must latch shut on the first swing.

■Swimming pool fence:

Secure and in good working order, should be at least 1.2m high, no more than 100mm from the ground, no vertical gaps more than 100mm apart.

■Around the fence:

Pool aids and toys should be stored securely and out of view and objects that could be used to climb the fence should be removed from the area.


Adult supervision in combination with pool fencing is the most effective method of preventing your child from drowning.

■Pump, grates and suction:

Ensure that no fitting is broken or missing.

■Emergency preparation:

Up to date CPR and first aid skills and the resuscitation sign must be prominent in the pool area.


Should be stored securely, out of view and out of children’s reach.


Electricity and water do not mix. A Residual Current Device (RCD) or Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) can save lives.

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