There’s no doubt that Australians love to spend time outdoors. From being out in the back garden swimming in the pool or playing a game of cricket. If you have designed your outdoor living area to look nice, including features like flower beds, garden walls or edging, you probably take great pride in your yard. But maintaining pool and garden spaces that are safe for the entire family is a significant responsibility, as people can face many dangers and injuries while enjoying the outdoors.
For example, according to the National Drowning Report, there were 44 drowning deaths that occurred in swimming pools in Australia in 2016-17.
While this number may seem small, it is not irrelevant. In fact, reports like these have led many aquatic facilities to provide opportunities to teach water safety in order to reduce drowning deaths and improve nationwide safety. In addition to the work that organisations like the aquatic facilities are doing, you can follow certain guidelines to instill proper pool and outdoor safety habits when using your own pool and garden.
Utilising Fences and Other Safety Features
One of the ways to make your garden and pool area safer is to install patio or pool pavers that will ensure the ground is all one texture and the flooring is level. In many scenarios, it can be dangerous to run around on wet surfaces while enjoying the pool, and pavers can make the activity be much less precarious. Having one single flooring type will also make it easy to see if the surfaces are wet and if they are therefore slippery.
Besides adding patio or pool pavers to your garden, you should consider installing a fence. Fences are a great way to keep children and pets out of the swimming pool, which can be particularly helpful when parents aren’t around to supervise. A good pool fence is resistant to climbers, with slats no wider than 4 inches and a gate that locks.
Teaching Water Safety to Children
There are numerous ways to teach children how to swim in Australia, now thanks to free water safety lessons that are available online. But if your children already know how to swim, there are other water safety tips that you should instill in them from a young age. In order to prevent drowning, make sure children know how to:
- tread water
- jump into the pool and climb out
- hold onto the edge of the pool
- roll from their front to back in the water
- do a back float
By teaching everyone in the family these water safety skills, you will be able to guarantee that your family members are able to handle themselves in the water—even when you are not around.
Knowing the features you can add to your garden and the water skills that will make for safer usage of your pool, you can encourage outdoor safety in order to prevent accidents and more serious concerns for swimmers, like drowning.