Toddler Uses Ladder To Climb Over Swimming Pool Fence

By September 17, 2018

A mother from Perth has posted a video of her 3-year-old son, using a ladder to climb over the swimming pool fence to get into the swimming pool. The boy had found the ladder in the backyard which he carries over to the fence to climb.

Royal Life Saving Australia, reports in 2017 children under 5 years of age, 29 children drowned in Australian waterways, with 10 of these deaths occurring in NSW alone.

Statistical evidence shows that children under 5 years of age are at the highest risk of drowning in home swimming pools with lack of supervision deemed the main factor. However, a fifth of these pools where children had died was not fenced.

Pool fencing requirements by law state that a pool fence must be at least 1.2m high and not have any gaps of more than 10cm between vertical bars in the fence.

There should also be a "non-climbable zone" around the pool to prevent children from climbing over the fence into the pool area. This includes:

  • any trees, shrubs or any other objects such as a barbeque, pot plants, toys, ladders and chairs must not be within the 90cm non-climbable zone
  • this zone is measured in an arc shape from the top of the pool fence arching towards the ground
  • it also includes the space extending 30cm inside the pool area – this space should also be cleared of any potential footholds or handholds
  • any horizontal climbable bars on the pool fence must also be spaced AT LEAST 90cm apart.

For more Pool Safety Criteria in your State, please contact your local council for more information.

References:
Wilkie, Kelsey "Mother Posts Chilling Video Of Son, Climbing Over The Fence Into The Family's Pool, Daily Mail Australia, 17 September 2018
"Pool Fencing Requirments", Fair Trading NSW Government

Last modified on Monday, 17 September 2018 19:27