Consider all the following suggestions…

  • Ensure adult supervision at all times– don’t get distracted while watching children playing in and around the pool
  • Restrict access to swimming pools
    • Use of a pool fence with a self-latching, spring-loaded gate
    • Install a good quality net fitted by a professional.
    • Consider fitting a pool alarm and / or a alarm on the pool gate
  • Teach children to swim as young as possible
    • Contact Swimming South Africa (SSA) for a list a certified instructors
    • Be aware that buoyancy aids like inflatable wings do not replace the need to teach children to swim
  • Encourage safety conscious behavior around the pool
    • Don’t allow children to push children into the pool, run around the pool or hold other children under water.
    • Don’t eat or drink immediately before or during swimming
  • Remove pool toys from the pool to prevent a child trying to reach out for these
  • Remember to empty the water from paddling pool when not in use
  • Follow on-pack instruction for safe handling and storage of pool chemicals


  1. Keep any potential hazard out of the reach of children
  2. Buy products that have resealable child safe closures
  3. Keep products in their original packages so that they can easily be identified
  4. Always read the storage instructions on the packs and make sure you separate incompatible products
  5. Store products such as turpentine, paint, fertilisers, gas cylinders and pool chemicals away from the general living area
  6. Pool chlorine chemicals should be stored away from other products to prevent contamination
  7. Make sure that the storage area is cool, dry and well ventilated
  8. Do not reuse or refill empty containers


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