Is your pool summer ready?

I will always remember moving into my first home with my partner – with an unfenced backyard pool. It was so lovely to sit on the deck and drink cocktails in the summer, our very own little resort — but as soon as I fell pregnant with my first child, that oasis suddenly became a death trap in my mind. Since then, we have had the pool fenced, and make sure we maintain it. Is your pool ready for summer?

Did you know that all pools & spas (including portable and inflatable pools) containing more than 30cm of water are legally required to be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool register? Registration is free, but the fine for not doing so is $220, and fines of $550 apply if a pool is not completely surrounded by a compliant pool fence. And if you wish to lease or sell a property with a pool or spa, a Certificate of Compliance now must be obtained from Penrith City Council. For more information visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/Services/Health-and-Safety/Pool-and-spa-safety.

However, even with effective barriers in place, the importance of supervision cannot be overstated. Kids are adventurous by nature – they love to climb and explore – and I have found my 3 children on a few occasions trying to climb the fence to retrieve a stray ball from the pool, or propping the pool gate open (rather than let it self-latch). Water safety lectures followed each time, but it emphasises the importance of the other precautions – barriers, supervision, learning to swim and knowing CPR for emergencies – continuing to be followed.

Stay safer!