Backyard Pool Safety Campaign

‘SAFE BARRIERS SAVE LIVES’ BACKYARD POOL SAFETY CAMPAIGN

When it comes to backyard pool safety, the best offence is a good defence.

Despite significant reductions in toddler drowning deaths over time, drowning continues to be one of the leading causes of accidental death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s National Drowning Report show that in 2018/19, 19 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (63%) occurred in swimming pools.

While pool and spa barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of barriers that are faulty, or non-compliant with Australian standards.

Kidsafe’s ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign urges all pool and spa owners to check their barriers and set their backyard pool defence to assist in keeping children safe in and around water. The campaign features a series of humorous skits with parents employing an over the top defence and celebrations while playing backyard sporting games with their children, to remind families that when it comes to backyard pool safety, ‘the best offence is a good defence’.

Matt Welch Video extracts

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Self Closing and Latching Gate

Gaps Under the Barrier

Are there Climable Objects Near the Pool

Don't Prop the Pool or Spa Gate Open at Any Time

Actively Supervise Children Around Water

The Best Offence is a Good Offence

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Are there Climable Objects Near the Pool

‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ Campaign DL Flyer

‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ Campaign A3 Poster

Royal Life Saving Society Australia Home Safety Pool Safety Checklist

The ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign is proudly supported by Safetech Hardware Australia.

Safety Ninja Video on Backyard Pool Safety

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Evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths in backyard swimming pools are as a result of fencing that is faulty or non-compliant with Australian Standards.

Please check your pool barriers and review your safety measures.

We encourage you to check your pool barriers as part of the present Safe Barriers Save Lives campaign. See checklist below.