The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) conducted a state-wide portable pool safety campaign “Kids Can Drown Without a Sound” for English and non-English speaking community groups. The campaign was developed after experts were concerned by the number of children experiencing drowning and near drowning incidents in portable swimming pools.
The campaign poster and brochure that have been produced to raise awareness among the community of the safety issues and fencing requirements associated with portable pools are available to download in English and 16 community languages.
For hard copies of the poster and brochure in English, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese, please fill out this order form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (02) 9845 3562.
The Protect Your Pool, Protect Your Kids checklist has also beentranslated into 16 community languages and is available for download from the translation section of the website.
Inflatable pools can be more risky than pools that have been built.1 This is because most of these pools do not have fences and some are not able to be emptied after use due to their size. Without fences children have easy access to the water in the pool, placing them at high risk of drowning.
Of the children under the age of five who drown in NSW, about 50% occur in swimming pools.2-3 In America, 118 drowning deaths have been confirmed as occurring in portable pools from 2003-2012, but this could be higher as a large number of incidents are classified as occurring in above ground pools (unknown whether portable or permanent) or type of pool unknown (see Graph 1).4-7 The large majority of these incidents were among children under the age of five.
Table 1: Drowning in Inflatable or Portable Swimming Pools, America 2003-2012
In NSW, over a quarter (29.0%) of all drowning deaths among children in backyard swimming pools, occur in inflatable or portable swimming pools.8 8 of the 11 deaths (72.7%) that occurred in inflatable or portable pools between 2007 and 2011 did not have a fence which was required under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW).
Please click here to view the final report of the 2012-13 Kids Can Drown Without a Sound campaign, which includes further information on the issues with portable swimming pools.
Please visit the pool fencing section of the website for more information on safe pool fencing.