'Closing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning’ Campaign
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age.
Statistics from the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report show that in 2014/15, 26 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned - an increase of 30% from 2013/14.
Backyard swimming pools are the most common location where toddler drowning incidents occur. In 2014/15, over half of all toddler drowning incidents occurred in a backyard pool
Evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths in pools are as a result of fencing that is faulty or non-compliant with Australian Standards.
Kidsafe Victoria has partnered with a number of stakeholders to encourage all pool owners to check the safety of their pool fences and surrounding areas before their child does. For more information and to access the campaign resources, including the online home pool safety assessment app, please click on the links in the menu to the left.