Poolwerx recruits Responsible Pool Persons this summer
Drowning is the silent killer that claimed 276 Australian lives last year. In addition, there were 34 water-related deaths already reported this summer. So, Poolwerx is calling on Australians to nominate a Responsible Pool Person to supervise those in and around the water at every poolside event.
From the 20th – 27th of January, Australians can pick up their free Responsible Pool Person hat in Poolwerx stores. Whoever wears the hat pledges to stay alert to ensure safety remains a priority around the pool.
Former Olympic swim coach Laurie Lawrence has backed the water safety campaign. He is reminding Australians never to be complacent around the pool, especially when young children are about.
“Children can get themselves into trouble very quickly in pools and with so much going on at parties, it’s not good enough to just expect that someone will be keeping an eye on swimmers,” Mr. Lawrence said.
“We all need to be diligent in keeping our pools – and the people in it – safe. Poolwerx’s Responsible Pool Person campaign helps ensure someone is always supervising, without distraction.”
To ensure your pool party goes off without a hitch this summer, Poolwerx have provided their top safety tips:
- Ensure your pool is safe and secure – check that all gates, fences, and latches are in perfect working condition.
- Make sure no climbables are near the fence. Such as, furniture leaning against the pool fence which can act as a ladder for young kids. The space around the pool needs to be clear at all times.
- Maintain pool water health – make sure your pool water is healthy and clear.
- Reduce distraction and remove glass – no glass or drinks should be around the pool when in use. Don’t get distracted by your phone when children are in the pool area.
- Nominate a Responsible Pool Person to supervise. This can be one or multiple people to act as a Responsible Pool Person and oversee those in and around the pool.
John O’Brien, Poolwerx CEO said the Responsible Pool Person campaign was a initiative to help reduce water-related incidents.
“Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children under the age of five and affects swimmers of all ages, which is why Poolwerx continues to champion water safety for all of those looking to cool off over the summer,” Mr O’Brien concluded.
For more information on how to stay safe by the water or find your local Poolwerx, visit www.poolwerx.com.au/responsible