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Backyard Pools Pose Major Risk Zone

Thousands of backyards across Australia pose a major safety risk this summer with only half (55%) of pool owners knowing if their pool fence complies with Australian fencing standards[1].

Concerningly, despite 87% of all swimming pool drowning deaths of children under five occurring in backyard pools[2], a third (34%) of pool owners have never checked the safety of their gate and fence, whilst 42% are unaware of the correct fence safety gate hardware required.

Laurie Lawrence   (Ignite PR/Photo by Jono Searle)

The research carried out by D&D Technologies reveals that although 81% of pool owners are aware that a faulty, unlatched or propped-open gate was the most common reason a child got into a pool area unsupervised, one in five (20%) parents still have no idea what to check to ensure their gate and fence are secure.

Last year, 12 children under five drowned, with one in two (50%) taking place in backyard pools. With swimming lessons severely interrupted due to COVID, the need for increased precaution this summer is essential.

Ahead of ‘Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month’ this December, D&D Technologies is launching the ‘Sense Of Summer’ guide to help families understand what areas they need to check to safeguard their backyards and pool. The guide also shares ideas for parents to make the most of a ‘staycation’ and family time this festive season.

[1] Survey of 1,002 Australian pool owners conducted by Pure Profile for D&D Technologies, November
[2] https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/33178/RLS_NationalDrowningReport2020LR-FINAL.pdf

Safety Checklist for Pool Gates
Gate should open outwards, away from the pool
Latch release knob should be at least 1500mm above ground level
Gate must be self-closing and self-latching
Gate hinges should be rust-free and bind-free
Gate should carry reliable, tension-adjustable hinges
Latch must be adjustable for height and width
Hinges must be adjustable for closing tension.
Latch cannot be key-locked in the “open” position
Latch cannot be disengaged using implements
Gate latch cannot be shake nor jolted open
Gate will shut securely from any open angle or force
Gate complies with all Australian Standards for pool safety

Submitted by:
Olivia and Cavill
MediaNet

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