If your Strata community has a swimming pool, it is a pretty sure bet that your place will be a favourite destination for friends and families this summer. But is your pool safety up to standard?
With Summer just around the corner, it is important to be pool wise for everyone’s safety. In this article, we have discussed our top tips to help you make a splash this summer.
Check out the pool before inviting people over
Are the pool fences in good condition and does the latch work? Is there furniture like tables and chairs close by that children could use to climb the fence?
Do you have any concerns about whether your community swimming pool meets current safety standards? Contact your Building Manager and your Body Corporate/Owners Corporation Committee immediately.
Sign up for safety
Laws in New South Wales and Queensland require pool owners to have a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign posted at the pool. Make sure that you read the sign thoroughly and feel confident that you can respond in an emergency. We’ve included a how-to perform CPR link here from the Australian Federal Government’s HealthDirect website.
CPR is a skill that is beneficial to all and your local St John’s, among other community organisations, have effective low-cost courses.
CPR pool signage is not mandated in Victoria, but it is highly recommended. If your community swimming pool doesn’t have a sign, we strongly urge that you approach your Owners Corporation Committee to purchase one.
Supervise your guests – particularly the youngest ones
There is no substitute for direct and active adult supervision because a drowning can happen within a second. If you have concerns, act immediately.
If there are a number of children playing in the pool, the Royal Life Saving Society recommends that families designate a supervisor who is always within arms reach of young swimmers.
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