How Safe Is Your Pool This Summer?
Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children under the age of five – and most drownings occur where there is no barrier between the house and the pool area.
Western Australia still has many pools that have no barrier between the house and the pool area because of inadequate government legislation.
The problem exists with many pools built prior to 5th November 2001 where a concession exists for these pools to only need an approved door leading out into the pool area. These approved doors are often sliding doors with a weight attached that automatically closes the door. Most of these weights are disconnected, parents get annoyed from always needing to open the sliding doors when carrying things in and out of the house and from the constant slamming sounds from children going in and out.
WA is way behind the issue of swimming pool safety when compared to other states.