'Safe Barriers Save Lives’ Backyard Pool Safety Campaign
Drowning is one of the leading causes of 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 2016/17, toddler drowning incidents increased by 32%. During this period, 29 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these drowning incidents (45%) occurred in backyard 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’ Backyard Pool Safety campaign calls on all pool and spa owners to sign up to Kidsafe’s 'pool party' event on Facebook and pledge to check the safety of their pool or spa barrier at the beginning of daylight saving on Sunday October 1.
The 2017/18 '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.