Protect Your Pool, Protect Your Kids
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age.
In NSW from 1 July 2007- 30 June 2009, on average, 11 children under five years of age drowned.
Children under five years of age are at greatest risk of drowning, compared to all other age groups, with approximately 70% of drowning deaths occurring in swimming pools.
In addition, on average, a further 85 children are admitted to hospital each year for near drowning.
Of all near drowning incidents, 22.3% will experience some form of permanent brain damage, leading to the need for long term care, resulting in persistent and ongoing disability.
This of course does not include the emotional impact that a drowning death or disability has on families and the community.
Pool fencing is designed to save children’s lives by preventing their access to pools. However, it is alarming to see that the majority of children under five years of age who drown in swimming pools, do so as a result of fencing that is not compliant with the legislation. In other words, pool fencing that is not working or not being used as designed is contributing to the number of children drowning.
In response, with assistance from The Samuel Morris Foundation and The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW (SPASA), The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) has developed the Protect Your Pool, Protect Your Kids video, available on The Children’s Hospital at Westmead website, to educate pool owners about pool fencing and the common faults.