December is National Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month.
“12 Aussie children under the age of four lost their lives because of swimming pool drownings in 2018/19*, with hundreds more involved in non-fatal drowning incidents,” said Laurie.
“Kids gaining access to pools because of faulty gates is something that should not be happening. These drownings are preventable. Pool owners need to check their fences, gates, latches and hinges regularly, as a gate that is not self-closing and self-latching provides instant and often undetected access for toddlers to the pool area,” Laurie said.
“All it takes is a few minutes to check that your pool fences and gates, including latches and hinges, are in good working order. This simple routine at the start of summer could save the life of a child,” Laurie continued.
In the lead up to Check-Your-Pool-Gate Month, D&D Technologies have put together a bit of insight into who Laurie is, where his career started, his Olympic milestones, and his passion for water safety.
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*National Drowning Report 2019 by Royal Life Saving Australia.