Poolwerx recruits Responsible Pool Persons this summer
Drowning is the silent killer that claimed 276 Australian lives last year and with 34 water-related deaths already reported this summer, 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 to the 27th of January, Australians can pick up their free Responsible Pool Person hat in every Poolwerx store. 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, 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 to check off before you dive in.
- Ensure your pool is safe and secure – check that all gates, fences, and latches are in perfect working condition.
- Ensure no climbables near the fence – any furniture that leans against the pool fence can act as a ladder for young kids to scales fences without parental knowledge. Ensure the space around the pool is 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 – nominate 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 this summer or to find your local Poolwerx, visit www.poolwerx.com.au/responsible