Your Gold Coast swimming pool is most probably one of the absolute most loved features of your house– particularly in summer! It helps you kick back, cool down, socialise and simply enjoy life. But you should never completely overlook that pools can often be one of the more risky parts of your house. That is why Absolut wants to illustrate to you a few ways why you should be installing a high-grade Gold Coast pool fence and never underestimate the significance of pool safety.
Possibility of drowning
We can all admit that drowning is a severe hazard with backyard swimming pools. The Royal Life Saving Society mentioned in 2017 that drowning is the top cause of death in Queensland for kids aged 1 to 4 years.
But bear in mind, drowning dangers are always important, and it isn’t just a concern for children. The same Royal Life Saving Society report also pointed out that in 2017 alone 291 people drowned in Australian waterways– which is up from 282 in 2016 and 266 in 2015.
It is not just an Australian problem, in fact it is acknowledged by the WHO that, around the world, the 3rd major cause of accidental death is, in fact, drowning– causing 360,000 deaths worldwide annually.
If we were to consider drowning, most of us would only know what we see in movies – so we would picture a person thrashing about above the water, trying to call for assistance. But in truth very few drowning cases in backyard pools actually have the person struggling on the top of the water. For children, they can get surprised, ingest water, and sink to the bottom– and for grownups often there could be an accident which immobilizes them. This means that they will sink to the bottom of the pool. Even if you are in the next room it would most likely be very difficult to actually notice that someone was drowning.
Drowning can be a fast and distressing process, and you need to make certain that you are looking at your children at all times, and if you are in a pool on your own or with friends you have to make certain that you are not playing roughly, not taking unnecessary risks around the pool edge, and not drinking near the pool.
Some of the easiest ways to improve your pool safety and reduce the risk of drowning is by installing a high quality pool safety barrier or pool fence. At Absolut we encourage Glass fencing not just because it looks good, but because it offers less risk for climb points and is easier to keep people away from dangerous situations. No matter how good your fence is though, you must ensure it is properly maintained and that no climbable objects are ever put against the side of your fence.
Just keep in mind though, nothing is more crucial for pool safety than active supervision– so always keep watch.
If you have any questions about Gold Coast pool safety or what style of pool safety fence would be best suited to your home, please get in touch with Absolut on 1300 937 902