Is your pool or spa safe for summer?

SUMMER is officially only four days away and pool and spa owners are being urged to check for potential safety hazards before a having a backyard swim.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said drowning was a leading cause of accidental death in young children in NSW and the NSW Government is committed to reducing the number of tragic incidents in backyard pools.

"As we gear up for summer, homeowners and carers should be vigilant in maintaining safety and supervision near pools and swimming areas," he said.

"Any child drowning is one too many.

"We can avoid drowning deaths and injuries by ensuring child-resistant pool fences are well-maintained and pool gates are self-closing or self-latching, and regularly checked.

Mr George said a special event will take place on Sunday November 29 - Summer Safety Sunday.

The campaign reminds people across NSW that it's critical to inspect your pool and spa and put it through the full safety check.

Mr George said it's important that pool barriers and fences are checked regularly.

"Pool owners should also register their pool with their local council or online if they have not already done so," he said.

Register your backyard swimming pool and download pool barrier checklists at http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au

Find out about pool and space safety requirements http://www.royallifesaving.com.au



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