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  • swimming pools fact sheet 2 pool safety a city of choice and opportunity in a natural environment
  • pool safety heading goes here Every year, a number of children drown in backyard swimming pools and many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries. As part of Council’s commitment to community safety and through its Swimming Pool Safety Education Program, a series of fact sheets have been developed which incorporate important information regarding pool safety and fencing requirements. The Swimming Pools Act 1992, which requires the provision of safety barriers for swimming pools, was introduced to improve pool safety for What are some of the things I need to consider children. However, the provision of pool barriers when dealing with pool chemicals? and warning notices are only part of this. In order to maintain your pool at the standard of The most important aspect is competent cleanliness to prevent infections and disease, you supervision of young children in and around will need to sanitise the water. In most home pools, swimming pools. Swimming classes for children this is done using a pump, a series of filters and and the training of adults in resuscitation chemical treatment of the water. There are a number techniques are other important aspects of water of simple safety issues you should remember when safety. using and handling chemicals, including: A swimming pool may be defined as any • keep pool chemicals away from fertilisers excavation or structure containing water to a and petroleum products as they may explode depth greater than 300mm and used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, • use only clean, dry and impervious scoops (not including a bathing or wading pool or spa. wood) when transferring chemicals In NSW, the Swimming Pools Act 1992 requires • water should not be poured over chemicals, pour that all swimming pools have an appropriate the chemicals into water child resistant barrier that restricts access • are chemicals stored out of reach of children? between the residence and the swimming pool. • are chemicals stored in a cool dry area away from sunlight? Under this legislation, Council may direct owners to upgrade a pool fence or child • use protective equipment (gloves and eyewear) restraint barrier to comply with requirements of when handling pool chemicals and always follow the Act. Penalties or fines may apply where any manufacturers recommendations. owner fails to comply with a Swimming Pools Act direction. • maintain good pool water quality by dosing responsibly. If your pool fails a water test at any The Act, Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 stage, DO NOT allow anyone to swim in it until it and Australian Standard AS 1926 - 2007 is corrected. Swimming Pool Safety, contains more detailed technical information and the requirements of these documents do take precedence over the information contained within this guide.
  • pool safety What other things must be done for safety? Other than pool safety fencing and correct chemical storage and handling, the following is a list of things that must be done to maintain the pool in a child safe manner. These are: (a) the display of an approved resuscitation chart (b) all fencing, locks and latches be regularly maintained and kept in good working order (c) spa lids being secured when the spa is not in use (d) landscaping around the pool fencing be regularly trimmed to prevent trees, shrubs and other plants from being used as a foothold to gain access to the pool (e) all doors and gates that provide access to the pool be kept securely latched in a closed position when the pool is not in use. Don’t leave any gates or doors propped open (f) always leave your filter covered so small children can’t get into it (g) don’t leave objects near the fence as children may use them to climb over (h) a secure pool fence is not substitute for responsible adult supervision. Children in or around the water must be watched at all times. No matter what their swimming ability, children should always be supervised (i) it is essential that children are taught to swim from an early age. NSW Sport and Recreation conducts learn to swim classes at most major swimming centres. Please contact them for further details (j) training in resuscitation techniques will give adults the skills required for emergency situations (k) exposed electrical leads and connections should not be located within proximity to any swimming pool due to risk of electrical shock.
  • further information If your pool does not comply with the requirements of the Swimming Pools Act 1992, Council can advise you what steps you need to take in your particular circumstances. For a fee, Council can also issue a certificate of compliance if your swimming pool complies with the requirements of the Act. For more details on pool safety, see the link to Safewaters on Council’s website at www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au or call Council’s Planning and Environment Division on 4645 4608. Note: The information presented in the fact sheet series is intended to serve as a guide. The information provided does not exclude the necessity to meet the specific requirements of the Swimming Pools Act 1992, the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 or Australian Standard AS 1926 Swimming Pool Safety as these requirements take precedence over information contained within this guide and should be referenced in conjunction with the fact sheet information. Document produced by Campbelltown City Council Last edited: 23/09/2009 Version 1 Civic Centre Queen Street Campbelltown PO Box 57 Campbelltown NSW 2560 DX5114 Telephone 02 4645 4000 Facsimile 02 4645 4111 TTY 02 4645 4615 Email council@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au Web www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au ABN 31 459 914 087