Shock and electrocution risks - how you can be safe in your Gold Coast swimming pool

Maintenance is easier than you think – our quick suggestions for improving pool safety

Supervision is among the most essential part of pool safety on the Gold Coast. There ought to always 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 not injured, not in danger, and are behaving correctly around the water. As children grow, they will start to want to get more and more reckless around the swimming pool – diving, cannonballs, etc – teaching them from a young age to appropriately respect how dangerous a pool could be if the child does not behave the right way – can be a key component in avoiding 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 prevent accidents and children getting into the pool area unsupervised, follow these tips:

  • See to it that gates, doors and windows can not be used to access the pool unless there is a security latch or barrier.– For example, self-closing latches and flyscreens.
  • Keep the gate shut so children can’t make it through without you,
  • Learn CPR – and maintain your training every year. first aid is an essential skill for everyone.
  • Never support the gate open. If it needs to be left open for repairs, make sure all external doors are locked.
  • Take care of, repair or replace the safety latch or hinge. This means making sure that the latch is properly opening and closing, and that the hinges have sufficient force behind them to automatically close from any open position – even just a few centimeters.
  • If you have to learn more about adjusting hinges, this video from Absolut Custom Glass talks you through it.
  • Make sure the area doesn’t contain any items that would allow children to climb up and over the fencing. Items like pot plants and chairs, can be used to gain extra height in order to get over the fence, or could invite a child to try to climb the fence and get hurt.
  • Climb points also apply to tree branches that may be looming over the pool. Keep in mind, if this is the case with a new pool then your pool fence is unlikely to be compliant and won’t be registerable. However, if it is a well-established swimming pool though, you will need to make sure that no branches are growing over the pool area that could present a climb risk.

While a frameless glass pool fence is much safer and harder to climb up than an aluminium fence, it still needs to be taken care of, and you need to ensure that you don’t place anything against that fence that could be climbed. Just one of the most common issues with pool safety is climb points, and bracing the gate open. You should never prop the gate open, if the latch is sticking and hard to open, you should contact someone like Absolut to service the gate so that it works effortlessly – it is never the solution to just prop the gate open.
If you have any queries around pool safety or how to maintain your fence feel free to get in touch with absolut on 1300 937 902

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