Don’t Forget to Shut the Gate!
Keep them safe… shut the gate!
Propping open the pool gate for any reason allows easy unsupervised access for young children to the pool. It only takes seconds for a child to drown, drowning can be swift, it can be silent but it can also be preventable.
A pool barrier is worthless if the pool gate is propped open! You are also breaking the law. Local government can issue on the spot fines of more than $500 for this offence. It is our view that if you intentionally prop open a pool gate you should be charged.
Remember owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring that any safety barrier restricting access to a swimming or spa pool is compliant, maintained and operating effectively at all times. All gates must be self-closing and self-latching and closed at all times.
But…there is no substitute for supervising young children around swimming pools and spas. The younger the child or children the more vigilant the supervision must be.