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Swimming pool safety

Drowning in backyard pools is one of the leading causes of child deaths in NSW. Help prevent drowning by following these simple safety measures:

1. Install child resistant fencing

The Swimming Pools Act 1992 requires a swimming pool to be surrounded by an approved child resistant barrier. Council officers undertake routine inspections of all existing swimming pools in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Act.

2. Do not leave objects near the barrier

Children may use objects left near the barrier to climb over.

3. Supervise your children

A secure pool is no substitute for responsible adult supervision. Children in or around the water must be supervised at all times, no matter what their swimming ability.

4. Teach your children to swim

It is essential that children are taught to swim from an early age. There are many learn to swim organisations in the area with accredited instructors that teach swimming classes throughout the year for all ages and skill levels. Check your local public swimming pool for learn to swim classes.

5. Learn resuscitation techniques

Training in resuscitation techniques will give adults the skills required in an emergency situation. Resuscitation charts are required to be prominently displayed within the pool enclosure. Charts are readily available online or from your local hardware store or pool shop.

6. Make sure your pool fence complies with safety regulations

For further information on fencing your pool.

This page was last updated on: 25 January 2021