Australia’s leading provider of home assistance and advisory products, HomeSource warns that pools and kids form a deadly combination, especially in the absence of pool fences.
According to Director Pia Vogel of homeowner advocacy group HomeSource, parents and pool owners must be reminded of the risks associated with pools and kids, especially with the fast approaching summer holiday season.
While the risk of drowning in unprotected residential pools remains, the debate about mandatory fencing standard laws continues with most parents and family interest groups supporting them, and some pool owners with no children living at home arguing that such laws compromise their personal property rights.
That the risk to young children playing unsupervised around unfenced pools is real can be gauged from the statistics, according to Ms Vogel.
For instance, the Queensland Local Government Minister Paul Lucas says that ‘pool drowning remains the leading cause of injury death nationally for children under five’ with approximately half of all drownings involving children of this age occurring in residential swimming pools.
The chief executive of the Australian Royal Life Saving Society says that young children are the most vulnerable group to drowning, with almost 300 children having drowned in the past nine years. Key contributing factors to child drownings in backyard pools include unfenced pools and human error, such as people leaving pool-gates open or not maintaining fences in a good condition.
State governments have consequently introduced more stringent pool safety regulation laws in recent years, particularly regarding fencing standards.
A new legislation introduced by the Queensland government in October requires all pools and outdoor spas to be registered so that compliance with new fencing standards could be monitored. Though supported by family interest and pool safety community groups, the legislation has attracted protests from some pool owners without children.
While the debate continues, HomeSource advises owners of residential swimming pools who are planning to install pool fences to do so properly so that accidents can be prevented.
According to Ms Vogel, a professional service like HomeSource can help pool owners find qualified, licenced and insured contractors who also know the building codes so that the pool fencing job can be completed with confidence.
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