You simply cannot imagine the devastation of finding yours, or a neighbour’s or a friend’s, child drowned in your pool. For over 15 years the Keep Watch campaign has been educating Australian parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water.
Royal Lifesaving’s 2012 Keep Watch campaign urges people in the northern rivers to do more to help prevent toddler drowning, highlighting the fact that 78 per cent of home pool drowning deaths are children aged two or younger.
Disturbing Royal Lifesaving figures show 330 Australian children under the age of five have drowned in the last 10 years; almost half drowned in a swimming pool and swimming pools continue to be the location with the highest risk of drowning for children. Thousands of pools still currently do not meet safety standards. In New South Wales, 62 children under the age of five have drowned in the last 10 years in home swimming pools.
The Royal Lifesaving Keep Watch ambassador Samantha Riley is urging everyone to download a unique home pool safety app, developed with the support of PoolWerx, which is being launched. The app has been specifically designed to assist people to try to take the hassle out of ensuring a home pool is safe as possible.
Using the app you can identify a problem, take a photo then email a report. The home pool safety app will then specifically recommend actions to make the home pool safer.
Download the PoolSafety app and use the checklist to identify a problem, take a photo and email a report. The PoolSafety app recommends actions to make your home pool safer. You can use the report as a record or to seek help to fix the problem.
To download the app go to homepoolsafety.com.au or search for home pool safety in the app store.