Pool safety is important. Whilst children should always be actively supervised when in or near the pool, a check of your pool barriers, gates & chemicals is also very important. We’ve put together a short checklist of things that we think will help to ensure your pool is safe so you, your family, and friends can continue to enjoy it all Summer!

This checklist covers the swimming pool gate, swimming pool fence, around the swimming pool fence, supervision, pump, grates, and suction, emergency preparation, chemicals & electricity.

Disclaimer: This checklist does not substitute for a full pool safety inspection and is general in nature for awareness purposes only. You can find the right safety checklists for your pool on the VBA website here https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools/pool-safety-barriers

#1 SWIMMING POOL GATE SAFETY GUIDE

  • Must open outward from the pool.
  • Must be self-closing and self-latching from any distance.
  • The latch must be more than 1.5m from the ground.
  • Must latch catch on the first swing.

#2 SWIMMING POOL FENCE SAFETY GUIDE

  • Secure and in good working order.
  • No more than 100mm from the ground to the bottom rail.
  • Should be at least 1.2m high.
  • No vertical gaps more than 100mm apart.

#3 AROUND THE SWIMMING POOL FENCE SAFETY GUIDE

  • Pool aids and toys should be stored securely and out of view.
  • Objects that could be used to climb the fence eg: plant pots & BBQ’s should be removed from the area.

#4 EQUIPMENT SAFETY GUIDE

  • Be aware that the filtration system is under a high amount of pressure
  • Always turn off the pump before adjusting valves or removing lids, clamps, or connections.
  • Ensure that no fittings are broken or missing
  • Check and fix leaks immediately.

#5 EMERGENCY PREPARATION SAFETY GUIDE

  • Keep an up-to-date CPR sign in a prominent place in the pool area ideally near the pool steps – Contact us by phone, email, or come in-store to get a new CPR sign.
  • Ensure you have up-to-date CPR and first aid skills

#6 CHEMICALS SAFETY GUIDE

  • Store all chemicals securely, out of view, and reach of children.
  • Always read the label before using chemicals.
  • As a general rule, pre-mix chemicals prior to adding to the pool and ensure the pump is running.
  • Always mix chemicals into water, NEVER pour water into chemicals.
  • When pouring chemicals into the pool, pour slowly & carefully to avoid splashing onto yourself or the surrounding area.
  • Use chemicals in an open, well-ventilated area and be mindful of the wind direction especially when using powders
  • Apply water to the area where you are mixing the chemicals to reduce the risk of staining from minor drips or spills
  • Heavily dilute spills with lots of water and clean up immediately.

#7 ELECTRICITY SAFETY GUIDE

  • Electricity and water do not mix. Keep plugged-in electrical devices such as stereo equipment away from the pool and where puddles can accumulate.
  • Ensure a residual current device (RCD) or residual current circuit breaker (RCCB) is installed

Adult supervision in combination with pool fencing is the most effective method of preventing children from drowning.

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