Pool safety tips
Every home pool drowning is a tragedy that could have been avoided
Safety is paramount for your family and friends around your swimming pool. Children aged 4 years of age and under are the most vulnerable. They are completely dependent on their parents or carers for their safety.
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children. Tragically, every year a number of children drown in backyard swimming pools. With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is vital.
In NSW, private or 'backyard' swimming pool safety is legislated by the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008. The Act was introduced to improve pool safety for children, however laws requiring pool barriers and warning notices are just one part of pool safety.
Also crucial is maintaining the pool barrier, keeping entry points secure, appropriate adult supervision, teaching young children to swim and resuscitation (CPR) training.
Swimming Pool Fences
Swimming pools must be separated from a residential dwelling by a child resistant barrier.
Construction requirements are summarised in Council's Information Brochure on Pool Safety Barriers in New South Wales and the associated fact sheets. Information is also available from the Office of Fair Trading website.