Swimming pool safety: how to keep the kids safe this summer

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Check out these handy tips on how to keep the kids safe around the swimming pool.

One of the most important aspects of owning a swimming pool is being on top of swimming pool safety.

There are several safety aspects to consider before installing a swimming pool, including fencing, pool covers, maintenance and whether or not you have knowledge of resuscitation.

Pools are obviously lots of fun, but it’s super important to make sure everyone is safe and sound as well.

It’s important to note that while everything discussed in this article is a necessity for owning a pool, some of these points are actually legal requirements.

Please note, everything discussed in this article is considered a legal requirement in the state of South Australia.

Requirements vary from state to state, so it’s a good idea to check your state’s legislation before buying a swimming pool.

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Children must be supervised at all times around water.


Children need constant supervision around water.

It can take as little as 20 seconds for a child to become fully submerged, so you have to make sure they can’t access the pool area when you’re not there.

Because of this, it’s a legal requirement to construct a fence around your swimming pool.

All pools and spas must have a continuous swimming pool safety barrier that restricts access to the pool by young children.

Your pool fence must be at least 1.2 metres high, and children shouldn’t be able to crawl underneath it.

Gates to the pool area must swing outward, be self-closing and fitted with a latching device at least 1.5 metres off the ground.

Pool covers

Investing in a set of covers for your swimming pool can be beneficial in many ways.

They conserve water, they reduce the amount of chemicals you use and they prevent leaves and other debris from falling into the water.

On top of this, they also save you money on your energy bills!

The unfortunate thing is that pool covers can become quite dangerous if a child or pet falls on top of them while they’re in use.

Despite this, operating them safely is very easy to do.

All you have to do is make sure children and pets are never left unsupervised while the covers are on.

This shouldn’t be a problem, thanks to the fancy fence you installed!

It’s a good idea to ensure the covers are completely rolled up before allowing children and pets into the pool area.

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Stay safe this summer with safety tips from Australian Outdoor Living.


You consider servicing your car a pretty important process, right? Well, the same goes for your pool!

Maintenance is important if you want to keep your pool in tip top condition.

Arguably, the most important part of maintaining your pool is regulating the amount of chemicals in the water.

Keeping your pH between 7.0 and 7.4 will ensure the water is safe to swim in.

If your pool uses a chemical disinfectant, you should also check the levels on a regular basis.

If you use an alternative method of disinfection such as a UV light or ozone therapy, it’s a good idea to service your units on a regular basis.

You should also clean the filter weekly. If you haven’t cleaned it for a while, you might be a bit surprised by how dirty it actually is.

A dirty filter will struggle to do its job, meaning it’ll be harder to disinfect your pool.


Having basic first aid knowledge isn’t just important around water; it’s a useful skill to have in any scenario.

Having knowledge of first aid could come in handy at any time, and even has the potential to save someone’s life.

That potential increases tenfold if you have a swimming pool in your backyard.

Backyard pools are legally required to prominently display signage to assist when providing first aid and CPR.

It is also highly recommended that someone on the property is trained in first aid and resuscitation.

Safety ledges

Installing a swimming pool with a safety ledge will go a long way to keeping the kids safe.

A safety ledge is a safe haven for children who can’t quite touch the bottom of the pool. They still feel included in the fun, but they’re kept safe from the deep water. It’s a win-win!

Pool safety tips

We’ve even put together this handy video to make it easier to follow the basic principles of pool safety. Enjoy!

Get set for summer!

Did you know that outdoor home improvements can take up to a month to complete? If you require council approval, it can sometimes take even longer.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a set of outdoor blinds, roller shutters, artificial grass, a pergola, verandah, timber deck or even a swimming pool, there’s no better time than now.

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