As part of the mandatory new pool fencing regulations, you must display a compliant CPR sign on your pool fencing or nearby your pool. The sign must be visible to people near the pool and not blocked by any nearby objects.
Compliant signs must demonstrate how to perform CPR in accordance with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) as well as a statement explain how to act in an emergency. It must be at least 300mm by 300mm in size and be made of weatherproof material.
While you may think CPR signs are unnecessary, there are many good reasons they are now compulsory.
According to Royal Life Saving, an average of 30 children under five years of age have drowned in Australia each year for the past 10 years. A large percentage of these are in residential pools. It only takes 20 to 60 seconds of struggle on the surface before a child submerges beneath the water. This is not a lot of time to act, so knowing CPR techniques are essential for successful rescues.
If someone needs CPR after swallowing too much water, you don’t have time to Google CPR. Every second counts. By having a CPR sign in your line of sight you can glace over and begin CPR immediately. You never know, it might just save a life.
In those desperate moments when you realise that someone is no longer swimming, but drowning, your first instinct is to panic. Having a CPR sign can help you ground yourself and stop panicking so you can take immediate, and potentially life-saving, action.
CPR signs are just one element of compliant pool areas. If you want to ensure your Gold Coast or Northern NSW pool is compliant, contact Mermaid Fencing today. All our pool fencing installations for new and existing pools are guaranteed to meet Australian safety regulations. Once a new pool fence is installed, we arrange for a private inspector to examine the fence as part of your package.