The One Thing In 98% Of Melbourne Houses That Is Unsafe
Only days after being found unconscious in his family's pool, a three year-old boy has died in hospital.
The boy was found in his family's backyard pool in Croydon South. Police have said that it is unclear how long the boy had been in the water.
Sergeant Scott McLean from the Croydon Police told the Herald Sun about how the terrible accident unfolded.
“It was just like you see in the commercials where the parents realise they haven’t heard from the little one in a while and then find him in the pool,” Sgt McLean said.
“It doesn’t take long for a tragedy to occur.”
The Maroondah Council have urged residents to check the safety of their pool ahead of Summer.
Council Chief Executive Steve Kozlowski said that 98% of inspected pool barries in the Maroondah council failed to meet regulations.
“Common defects included pool fencing being modified, lack of maintenance of fences, gate latches and closers, climbable items being located too close to barriers, and pools being installed without the required building permit or safety barriers,” Mr Kozlowski said.
Last year over 20 children under the age of five drown in Australia, as per The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016.
Please take the time to check that your pool meets all safety regulations and guidelines.