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Safety in the pool

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December 15, 2017

There is nothing quite like taking a dip and cooling off in a pool on a scorching summer day.

There is nothing quite like taking a dip and cooling off in a pool on a scorching summer day.

But what seems like the perfect way to beat the heat can quite quickly turn into disaster if your pool doesn’t meet safety regulations.

During the past 15 years, 55 children under four years of age have drowned in Victoria. Alarmingly, 19 of these drownings were in backyard swimming pools.

There are some strict state-wide regulations in relation to how a pool must be maintained to ensure the safety of both adults and children.

All swimming pools, including inflatable pools, that have a depth greater than 30cm need to be surrounded by a pool fence.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was imperative that people complied with the regulations.

‘‘Fifty-five young children drowning is far too many. It is vital that people take the necessary measures to ensure their backyard pools comply with regulations,’’ she said.

‘‘The message is, don’t be complacent, especially when it comes to children.’’

Council conducts spot audits of backyard pools and owners can face fines if they are found not to be complying.

To see if your pool meets the safety requirements, Council can arrange an inspection at your property (fees apply).

For more information visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or phone 57346200.

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