March 4, 2016
Summer will soon be upon us and if the recent warm spring weather is anything to go by we’re in for a scorcher!
Many swimming pool owners will have already done the obligatory pre-summer pool chemical bomb to get rid of any nasty green substances that may have been lurking within the water during the cooler months. The poolside entertaining area is usually next to get a once over – dusting off any cobwebs and giving timber furniture a new lick of varnish. Brightly coloured outdoor cushions also usually make an appearance in the spring months, inviting guests to stop and sit and enjoy the poolside surrounds. Pot plants and surrounding gardens are also usually updated at this time of year if left to wither over the winter months; and outdoor art or wall features are updated and proudly hung.
But what about the safety aspects of the swimming pool? Sure aesthetics are important, but safety features should be the first thing to be checked and ticked off when readying your pool for swimming season.
Things to check include:
- Are the fences in good order?
- Are all of the locks on the pool gates working?
- Is an approved resuscitation chart displayed in the pool area?
- Are all trees, plants and shrubs surrounding the swimming pool fence maintained?
- Ensure there is no furniture, pot plants or bins that could be climbed upon located close to the swimming pool fence or gate
There are swimming pool and safety standards applicable in each state and territory. Be sure to check with the relevant legislative in your jurisdiction before you start swimming this summer.