Is your pool gate safe?

Did you know drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death to children under five in Australia? Each week, on average, one child drowns.

Poolwerx is passionate about backyard pool safety and are determined to reach our goal of zero childhood drownings in Australia. National Check your Pool Gate Day is the perfect opportunity to spend a few minutes checking your pool area to ensure it is safe for your family.

What can you do to protect your family from tragedy? Look at our top tips below.

child climbing fence

Check your pool fence

A survey by CHOICE found that over half of Australian pool fences that were tested did not meet the Australian safety standards for pool fencing. So what safety standards does your pool need to meet?

  • The fence must be at least 1.2m tall.
  • Slatted fences cannot have gaps wider than 100mm
  • Remove climbable objects near the pool fence: Items such as chairs, tables, pot plants, trees and more can act as a ladder for young kids. This goes for inside the pool area too as kids can reach and pull items through to get a foothold on.

Check the pool gate

There are several safety requirements for your pool gate that you may not be aware of. Check your pool gate to ensure it is:

  • Self-closing and self-latching
  • Not propped open, even when you’re in the pool area
  • Regularly maintained

Assess the entire pool area

It is important to look beyond the pool gate and fence when it comes to pool safety.

  • Remove toys from the pool when you’re not using it: If there are pool toys floating in the water, it may entice kids to try and enter the pool area. Keep toys stored away and out of reach from kids.
  • CPR Chart: Do you have a CPR chart on your fence? These instructions could help save a life in an emergency. Head in to your local Poolwerx to pick up your poster.

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Download the Poolwerx Pool Safety Checklist

Poolwerx partners with the Kids Alive – Do the Five program to help promote the importance of pool safety and to put an end to childhood drownings.

Download your Poolwerx Pool Safety Checklist to help make your pool area as safe as possible for your family.

To find out more information on your local pool safety regulations, click on the relevant link below.

New Zealand 

When a Poolwerx technician completes a service on your pool, they will also do a safety assessment of your pool area to check whether there are any safety hazards. Summer is made for swimming, so take the time now to ensure your pool is as safe as possible for your family.

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