Safety tips for your pool - the importance of supervision

Safety tips for your pool – the importance of supervision

Supervision is probably the most fundamental part of pool safety on the Gold Coast. There has to constantly be an adult supervising when toddlers and children are playing inside or around swimming pools. Supervision is much more than just being present, it means proactively watching after the children to make sure that they are never injured, not in danger, and are acting correctly around the water. As children grow up, they will start to prefer to get much more reckless around the swimming pool – diving, cannonballs, etc – teaching them from a young age to correctly respect how unsafe a pool can be if the child does not behave properly – can be crucial in preventing injuries and mishaps not just when they are toddlers or children.

Pool fences are legally required for safety – but they can do their job only when you use them correctly. To ensure your Gold Coast pool fence actually can help avoid accidents and children going into the pool area unsupervised, follow these instructions:

  • Ensure that gates, doors and windows can not be used to get access to the pool unless there is a safety latch or barrier.– For example, self-closing latches and flyscreens
  • Keep the gate closed so children can’t get through without you,
  • Never support the gate open. If it needs to be left open for repair work, ensure all outside doors are locked.
  • Take care of, repair or replace the safety latch or hinge. This means ensuring that the latch is properly opening and closing, and that the hinges have enough force behind them to quickly close from any open position – even just a few centimeters
  • If you need to find out more about changing hinges, this video from Absolut Custom Glass talks you through it.
  • Ensure the area doesn’t contain any items that would allow children to climb up and over the Pool Fence. Items like pot plants and chairs, can be used to gain extra height to get over the fence, or could urge a child to try to climb the fence and get injured.
  • Climb points also apply to tree branches that may be overhanging the pool. Keep in mind, if this is the case with a new pool then your pool fence is not likely to be compliant and won’t be registerable. However, if it is a well-established pool though, you will have to ensure that no branches are growing over the pool area that could present a climb risk.
  • Learn CPR – and manage your training every year. first aid is an essential skill for everyone.

While a frameless glass pool fence is much safer and harder to climb up than an aluminium fence, it still has to be taken care of, and you need to make certain that you don’t put anything against that fence that might be climbed. Just one of the most prevalent issues with pool safety is climb points, and propping the gate open. You should certainly never prop the gate open, if the latch is catching and hard to open, you should contact someone like Absolut to service the gate so that it works effortlessly – it is never the answer to simply prop the gate open.
If you have any problems around pool safety or how to take care of your fence feel free to connect with absolut on 1300 937 902

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