'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 2017/18, 18 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (67%) 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 at the beginning of daylight saving on Sunday 7 October 2018. AFL great Rodney Eade features in the campaign video, providing a ¾ time pep talk to his team to remind them that when it comes to pool safety ‘the best offence is a good defence’.
The 2018/19 'Safe Barriers Save Lives' campaign is proudly supported by:
For more information and to access the campaign resources, including the online home pool safety assessment app, please click on the links below and the menu items to the left.