If your new-season landscaping ideas include installing a pool, or if you've neglected your swimming spot over the winter months, it's time to think about safety.
Each state and territory has its own rules and regulations regarding residential swimming pools, including mandatory fencing, heights, gates and supervision. Check out your local government's restrictions before you install a pool to avoid being hit with a fine at a later date. Many areas will also require your new pool to be approved before construction can begin.
If you've got young children or frequently have them visiting your home, it's vital that they know how to swim. Swimming and water-based activities are beloved Australian pastimes, so get your kids ready for a summer of swimming by enrolling them in lessons as soon as possible.
Your pool is a great place for them to practise their skills in a safe, supervised environment. And, with a bit of practice, you just might have the next Ian Thorpe on your hands!
Look at what's around it
If your pool is large enough, and your kids have had diving lessons and are confident in the water, a well-placed diving board at the deep end of your pool may be fine. For many households, however, it's best to keep the area around the pool clear of obstacles that could be climbed on and used to jump off.
Keep pool toys in a shed or garage when not in use to avoid the temptation for children to play with them unsupervised, and check for holes and leaks each time they're used.
Set up a sun lounger or chair and tables at a safe distance from the pool and set up camp there when kids are playing in your pool. Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry.