Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under the age of five.
To help remind Victorians of the importance of pool safety and having a secure safety fence and gate, the VBA is supporting Kidsafe Victoria’s ‘Closing the gate on backyard pool drowning’ campaign.
Stringent building regulations are in place in Victoria to ensure swimming pool and spa areas are safe. Having a fence around a swimming pool or spa is essential, but there are other steps homeowners also need to take to help keep children safe around pools. Homeowners can visit Kidsafe Victoria’s website for more information and tips to help ensure their children stay safe around their pool.
For information about pool and spa safety fence requirements, refer to the VBA’s About pools, spas and their safety barriers information sheet and Practice Note 2014-05.