Pools and pool safety

Children under five are the age group most at risk of drowning and swimming pools are known to account for a large proportion of drowning deaths. An average of 30 children under the age of five have drowned in Australia each year for the past 10 years. Between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2015, 128 children aged under five years drowned in NSW. Of these, 83 (64.8%) occurred in private swimming pools. The ten year average is six drowning deaths per year in private swimming pools.

Source: Royal Lifesaving Australia

NSW Fair Trading has all the information about safety and inflatable pools, spa pools, swimming pools and fencing requirements.

Make it Safe

Check out the Make it Safe campaign page for more information on keeping kids safe around water. The Make it Safe information that has been translated into Arabic, Greek, Italian, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.

Kids Safe NSW

Kids Safe NSW have lots of safety tips and resources for all types of water.

Protect Your Pool, Protect Your Kids video

The Children's Hospital, Westmead have put together a video and materials covering a range of pool safety topics.

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