Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback for the family day care consultation!
HAVE YOUR SAY;
Standards Australia has released the draft of AS 1926.1:2019 Swimming pool safety - Safety barriers for swimming pools for public comment.
Stakeholders are encouraged to download and thoroughly analyse the document and provide comments to Standards Australia before the closing date of 31 December 2019.
In its final published form, this Standard is likely to be automatically adopted in Western Australia through the next edition of the Building Code of Australia, due on 1 May 2022.
A copy of the draft can be downloaded here.
"The objective of this Standard is to assist pool owners and pool users to avoid pool-related drowning
by providing the design, construction and performance specifications of various barrier options, which
are intended to restrict entry to the swimming pool area by young children."
Note: You will have to register in order to download the draft and provide comment which is a quick and simple enough process.
Be proactive, create good water safety habits;
- Talk about Lachlan and drowning prevention with family and friends regularly - Keep drowning at the forefront of community minds.
Actively supervise children around water. Be within arms reach of children under 5 years old, regardless of swimming ability.
Store pool toys after use to remove any temptation for small children.
Ensure your pool is fenced and maintained regularly.
Keep large furniture, pot plants and other potential climbing aids clear from the pool area and barriers at all times.
Drain and store temporary pools after each use; pools left assembled should have a barrier to prevent unauthorised access by small children.
If you would like to do more to promote water safety for small children in the community please check out our Products page!
Now your little person can be a drowning prevention advocate by wearing a Lachlan's Legacy rash shirt every time they swim. Whether you are visiting the beach, public pool, get together or other fun water activities, your child can help raise the profile of water safety for children under 5 years old.
Did you know?
- On average, a child under 5 years old drowns each week in Australia.
- For every drowning death, it is estimated as many as 10 children present to hospital.
- A child's swimming ability can be severely impacted after a broken arm, leg or other significant injury.
- Boys are 1.3 times more likely to drown than girls.
- Drowning is eerily silent. A small child can lose consciousness under water in as little as 30 seconds and have irreversible brain damage in just 2 - 4 minutes.
- Drowning is a spectrum ranging from mild to moderate to severe. There is no such thing as “near” drowning. A person who does not die from a drowning incident has suffered a non-fatal drowning and survives with either no complications or with brain or other organ damage ranging from mild to moderate to severe. There is no such thing as “dry” or “wet”, “delayed”, or “secondary” drowning. Anyone with respiratory impairment, not acting right, excessive cough, foam, or lethargy after being underwater, even briefly, should be taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
- Approximately 15% of toddler drowning deaths occur at a relative or neighbour's home.
- A report into childhood drowning was handed down by the Ombudsman for Western Australia in November 2017; 25 recommendations resulted which include strategies to improve training and inspections, compliance, enforcement, portable pools and public education.