Know Risk is a community education program designed by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) to improve our understanding of insurance and how it relates to managing the many risks we all face in life.
Pool owner safety checklist
Each year a number of drownings occur in home swimming pools. Keeping your kids safe around the pool is so important and can be as easy as making sure you can say ‘yes’ to the following checklist:
- Are your kids always supervised by an adult in and around the pool?
- Do you have a self-closing and self-latching gate installed?
- Is your pool fully fenced to a height of at least 1.2m?
- Is the area around the fence clear of anything that could be climbed?
- Are all pumps, grates and suction fittings secure and in good condition?
- Are you up-to-date on your CPR and first aid skills? Do you have a well-stocked first aid kit in your house?
- Are all pool chemicals stored well out of view and reach of children?
- Do you have a residual current device or residual current circuit breaker installed to minimise the risks of electrocution?
- Have you considered installing a pool safety net – particularly over winter when the pool is not in use so often?
For more detailed information, the Royal Life Saving Society have a handy checklist that you can print out and tick off.