Your Gold Coast swimming pool is most probably one of the absolute most enjoyed features of your home– even more so in summer! It helps you loosen up, cool down, socialise and just simply enjoy life. But you should never fully forget that swimming pools can often be among the more risky parts of your house. That is why Absolut wishes to demonstrate to you a few ways why you should be putting in a high-grade Gold Coast pool fence and never underestimate the value of pool safety.
Risk of drowning
We can all agree that drowning is a severe hazard with backyard pools. The Royal Life Saving Society reported in 2017 that drowning is the primary cause of death in Queensland for children aged 1 to 4 years.
But don’t forget, drowning dangers are always important, and it isn’t just a problem for children. The very same Royal Life Saving Society report also emphasized that in 2017 alone 291 people drowned in Australian waterways– and that is up from 282 in 2016 and 266 in 2015.
It is not just an Australian problem, in fact it is recognised by the WHO that, globally, the 3rd major cause of accidental death is drowning— causing 360,000 deaths worldwide each year.
If we were to think about drowning, most of us would only know what we see in movies – so we would picture a person thrashing about above the water, attempting to call for assistance. But in reality few drowning cases in backyard swimming pools actually have the person straining on the surface. For children, they can get surprised, swallow water, and sink to the bottom– and for grownups often there can be an accident which incapacitates them. This means that they will certainly sink to the bottom of the pool. Even if you find yourself in the next room it would be very difficult to actually notice that someone was drowning.
Drowning can be a fast and horrific process, and you must make sure that you are looking at your children at all times, and if you are in a pool on your own or with friends you need to make sure that you are not playing roughly, not taking unnecessary risks around the pool edge, and not drinking.
Just one of the easiest ways to improve your pool safety and lower the risk of drowning is by installing a top quality pool safety barrier or pool fence. At Absolut we highly recommend Glass fencing not only because it appears better, but because it offers less risk for climb points and is easier to keep people out of dangerous situations. Regardless of how good your fence is though, you have to ensure it is properly maintained and that no climbable objects are ever positioned against the edge of your fence.
Just bear in mind though, nothing is more crucial for pool safety than active supervision– so always keep an eye on your children.
If you have any concerns about Gold Coast pool safety or what kind of pool safety fence would be best suited to your home, please get in touch with Absolut on 1300 937 902