If your strata community has a swimming pool, it is a pretty sure bet that your place will be a favourite destination for friends and families this summer.
The Royal Life Saving Society’s annual drowning report noted that in 2014-2015, 271 people drowned in Australia. The report also reveals drowning deaths involving children under the age of five increased by 30% over the previous year.
So it’s important to be pool wise for everyone’s safety, and we have our top tips to help you make a splash this summer.
Are the pool fences in good condition and does the latch work? Is there furniture like tables and chairs close by that children could use to climb the fence?
If you have any concerns about whether your community swimming pool meets current safety standards, contact your resident unit manager and your body corporate/owners corporation committee straight away.
Laws in New South Wales and Queensland require pool owners to have a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign posted at the pool. Make sure that you read the sign thoroughly and feel confident that you can respond in an emergency. We’ve included a how-to perform CPR link here (http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/how-to-perform-cpr) from the Australian Federal Government’s HealthDirect web site.
CPR is a skill that everyone should have and your local St John’s, among other community organisations, have effective low cost courses.
CPR pool signage not mandated in Victoria, but it is highly recommended. If your community swimming pool doesn’t have a sign, we strongly urge that you approach your owners corporation committee to purchase one.
There is no substitute for direct and active adult supervision because a drowning can happen within seconds, and is silent. If you have concerns, act immediately – a quick shout out for a person to answer is one way to be assured that everything is okay in the water.
If there are a number of children playing in the pool, the Royal Life Saving Society recommends that families designate a supervisor who is always within arms reach of young swimmers.