Supervision is one of the most fundamental part of pool safety on the Gold Coast. There ought to constantly be an adult supervising when toddlers and children are playing in or around swimming pools. Supervision is more than just being present, it means proactively watching after the children to make sure that they are never injured, not in danger, and are behaving correctly around the water. As children develop, they will begin to prefer to get increasingly more reckless around the swimming pool – diving, cannonballs, etc – educating them from a young age to correctly respect how dangerous a pool could be if the child does not behave the right way – can be crucial in avoiding injuries and accidents 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 avoid accidents and children getting in the pool area unsupervised, follow these instructions:
- Make certain that gates, windows and doors can not be used to get access to the pool unless there is a safety and security latch or barrier.– For example, self-closing latches and flyscreens.
- Keep the gate shut so children can’t make it through without you,
- Never support the gate open. If it needs to be left open for repairs, make sure all outside doors are locked.
- Maintain, repair or replace the safety latch or hinge. This means making certain that the latch is correctly opening and closing, and that the hinges have sufficient force behind them to promptly 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.
- Ensure the area doesn’t include any items that would allow children to climb up and over the fence. Items like pot plants and chairs, might be used to gain added height to get over the fence, or could invite a child to try to climb the fence and get injured.
- Climb points also relate to tree branches that may be looming over the pool. Keep in mind, if this applies to you 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 have to make sure that no branches are growing over the pool area that could present a climb risk.
- Learn CPR – and keep up your training each year. first aid is an essential skill for everyone.
While a frameless glass pool fence is much safer and harder to climb than an aluminium fence, it still has to be maintained, and you have to make sure that you don’t place anything against that fence that can be climbed. Just one of the most common issues with pool safety is climb points, and bracing the gate open. You should certainly never prop the gate open, if the latch is sticking and hard to open, you have to contact someone like Absolut to service the gate so that it works effortlessly – it is never the solution to just simply prop the gate open.
If you have any inquiries around pool safety or how to take care of your fence feel free to phone absolut on 1300 937 902