Member for Lismore Thomas George has urged local homeowners to check their backyard pool and spa for potential safety hazards in the lead up to summer.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in young children in NSW and the NSW Government is committed to reducing the number of tragic incidents in backyard pools.

“As we gear up for summer, homeowners and carers should be vigilant in maintaining safety and supervision near pools and swimming areas.

“Any child drowning is one too many. We can avoid drowning deaths and injuries by ensuring child-resistant pool fences are well-maintained and pool gates are self-closing or self-latching, and regularly checked,” said Mr George.

A special event will take place on Sunday November 29 – Summer Safety Sunday. The campaign reminds people across NSW that it’s critical to inspect your pool and spa and put it through the full safety check.

Mr George said it’s important that pool barriers and fences are checked regularly.

“Pool owners should also register their pool with their local council or online if they have not already done so,” Mr George said.

Register your backyard swimming pool and download pool barrier checklists at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au

Find out about pool and space safety requirements www.royallifesaving.com.au

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.