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Council urging residents to maintain fencing around pools this summer

Shoalhaven City Council is reminding residents to check, fix and maintain fencing around all home pools in the lead up to summer.

Drowning remains a leading cause of accidental death in young children and while child deaths have fallen 40 percent in NSW over the last decade, the number of drownings in backyard pools has remained steady.

Shoalhaven City Council Development Building Manager, Bob Goldspring said in order to help guarantee a decrease in these alarming statistics he was encouraging local pool owners to ensure the use of properly installed and well maintained pool fencing.

“Every year, a number of very young children are dying as a result of poorly maintained pool fencing,” said Mr Goldspring.

“Residents choosing to keep a pool have a responsibility to ensure that pool safety barriers and gates are installed, operated and maintained to required standards.

“Given the ease at which a backyard drowning can occur I would strongly encourage all pool owners to ensure they are adhering to the required safety standards.”

Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, the owner of a swimming pool has the responsibility to ensure that the pool is at all times surrounded by a complying child-resistant pool safety barrier.

Further to this, all pool safety barriers are to be maintained in a good state of repair as an effective and safe barrier restricting access to the pool.

“All swimming pools must be removed from a dwelling by a pool fence or barrier,” said Mr Goldspring.

“With the majority of drownings occurring in private pools and spas it is imperative that these fences are kept to the required standards and children are always kept under supervision while in the pool area.”

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