25th July 2021 is World drowning prevention day. Unfortunately, drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for people aged 1-24 years. Children under 5 are at the greatest risk. Thankfully, we have a great organisation in Surf Life Saving Queensland looking after us on the beach. At home, the pool owner is responsible for ensuring that the swimming pool barrier is compliant at all times.
Pool safety basics for home
- Make sure your pool barrier complies – To help you understand more, see Does your pool comply. If in doubt, arrange for a Pool Safety Inspector to check if your pool is safe and complies with the standard.
- Learn CPR. Do you know what to do in an emergency? Use the phrase “doctor’s ABCD” — DRS ABCD — to help you remember the first letter of each step. Danger, Response, Send For Help, Airway, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillation.
- Register your pool. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) maintains a register of all pools in Queensland. You can check the QBCC register to see if your pool is on the list.