The South African Bureau of Standards is preparing new regulations that all pool owners will have to comply with in order to avoid children drowning in private swimming pools.
Drowning Prevention Manager at the NSRI, Andrew Ingram says as much as we need legislation we also need to caution people of how dangerous swimming pools are.
Drowning is silent and often you wont hear a splash when a child falls into the pool so the only way you would know that the child is in danger is if you are looking at the child.— Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager at the NSRI
He says that pool owners need to take responsibility of not only their own children but of friends and family members who come to visit.
Ingrams advises that a life guard needs to be present at pool parties to prevent drowning.
He adds that all pool covers and fences need to be professionally installed and that a cover that is meant to stop evaporation wont stop a child from drowning.
You can't put a value on a child's life so those nets and covers need to be professionally installed.— Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager at the NSRI
One of the regulations is that the pool net must be child-proof, professionally installed, and must carry the weight of an adult safely.
Other changes include a requirement for self-closing gates in fences or walls around swimming pools, and a new obligation on renters or other non-owners to keep completely empty any unsafe pools.
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