Look in the pool area first if a child is missing.

Swimming pools should be fenced from the rest of the house. The fence should be a compliant pool safety fence…and not just an improvised fence installed by a developer or local contractor.

The area adjacent to the outside of the pool safety fence must be free of objects which may aid children in climbing over the fence. These include items such as chairs, tables, ladders, tree branches, etc.

The gate to the pool safety fence should be self-closing and self-latching, opening outwards away from the pool. The gate latch should be positioned at the top of the gate and be inaccessible from the outside by small children. It should also be possible to lock the gate with a removable key. All doors and windows leading to the pool should be secured and locked at all times.

Assign an adult Water Watcher to supervise the pool/spa area during social gatherings. Arrange a rota, so the task does not become tedious. Never allow young children to be left alone in and around the pool for a moment and always maintain eye contact. If you must leave the swimming pool area – even for one minute – take your child with you.

Babysitters and guardians should be instructed about potential hazards in and around the pool. All adults, children and baby-sitters should learn and practice CPR.

Mount flotation devices designed for lifesaving (such as a lifebuoy) near the pool. Better still, keep a Safety Hook to reach a submerged child in the event of an emergency.

Never keep toys around, or in, a swimming pool when not in use. Kids are attracted to toys and might try to get them.

Always carry a mobile near the pool in case of an emergency and make sure you have the Emergency number (112) in your Contacts. Post the emergency number (112) by the pool and also the nearest telephone.

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