SPASA Vic collaborates with Kidsafe

Friday, 21 September, 2018

SPASA Vic collaborates with Kidsafe

SPASA Victoria is continuing collaboration with Kidsafe on the ‘Safe Barriers Save Lives’ campaign.

The campaign calls for pool and spa owners to check safety and compliance of their pool or spa barrier when changing their clocks at the beginning of daylight saving Sunday, 7 October.

SPASA Victoria sees the campaign as an important follow-on to many years of advocacy for pool safety and feels strongly that mandatory inspections should be carried out in Victoria.

“Pool and spa barrier inspections are currently mandatory in only three states — NSW, Qld and WA. Since the introduction of mandatory inspections in WA in 1992, there has been an 80% reduction in the rate of toddler drownings,” said CEO Chris Samartzis.

While safety barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of faulty or non-compliant barriers.

“Pool and spa barriers are exposed to the extremes of weather all year round, which can lead to rust, loose or missing bolts or screws, and wear and tear over time. It's critical that pool and spa owners regularly check and maintain their barriers to ensure they are safe and fully compliant,” Samartzis said.

Kidsafe Ambassador and former Olympian Matt Welsh agrees.

“Common faults or non-compliance issues include gates and doors that are no longer self-closing or latching, gates that are propped open and climbable objects near the barrier.

“There is no better use of 15 minutes of your time than checking the safety of your pool barrier in preparation for the warm summer months ahead. By doing so, you could save a life,” Welsh said.

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