If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, your home is likely to be very popular among guests. We know that a pool is a popular amenity that guests look for on Airbnb when booking a home.
However, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death for children under 5 in Australia, with backyard pools being one of the most common locations for drowning incidents to occur. It only takes 20 seconds for a toddler to drown and simply having a barrier in place isn’t enough on its own to keep children safe.
There are some simple steps you will need to take to ensure that your pool is safe for your guests, especially if they have young children. That’s why Airbnb has partnered with Kidsafe Australia, who have shared their advice to help make your pool a fun and safe environment.
KIDSAFE’S TOP TIPS FOR POOL SAFETY
- Children need to be actively supervised by an adult at all times when in or around the pool/spa. For toddlers, this means having an adult within arm’s reach at all times.
- All gates and doors that lead into the pool area must be self-closing and self-latching.
- The pool gate should never be propped open
- Make sure your safety barrier is free of gaps, holes, or spaces that a child could try to get through
- Make sure the area surrounding your pool barrier is free of climbable objects (e.g. BBQs, tree stumps, chairs etc.)