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Keeping our children safe around water

Are your children and visitors safe?
Come along to a free information night on safety barriers for pools and spas.

As we head into the summer months, Moonee Valley City Council is inviting all owners and users of private swimming pools and spas to attend a special information evening on mandatory safety barriers.

Under the Building Regulations 2006, suitable safety barriers must be installed to
all existing swimming pools and spas capable of containing a depth of water
exceeding 300mm in order to restrict children from gaining access to the pool or

Safety barriers include fences, walls, barriers, palings, doors, gates, locks, latches, catches, bolts and fly screens.

Did you know?

• 16 children under the age of 5 drowned in 2007-08 private swimming pools and spas.

• Your safety barrier must comply with the Australian Standard AS1926.1-1993 Swimming Pool Safety Part 1: Fencing for Swimming Pools.

• All gates and doors leading to your swimming pool or spa must be self-closing and self-latching.

• Paling fences can be used as part of the safety barrier providing the fence is in sound condition and is capable of sustaining a large force.

• There should be no climbable objects on or within 1.2 metres on the approach side of a safety fence or barrier.

• You are legally responsible for making sure your safety barriers are maintained and operating effectively at all times.

• Supervision by competent adult is essential when young children are near or in a swimming pool or spa.

Come along on the night, make sure you know your obligations and learn how to make your pool or spa area safe.

LOCATION: Council Civic Centre 9 Kellaway Ave Moonee Ponds
DATE: Wednesday, 3 December 2008 at 6:30 PM
PHONE: To RSVP call Moonee Valley City Council on 9243 8888.

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