Letter to the Editor - December 31: Protect our kids

I WRITE to you from Royal Life Saving New South Wales to specifically ask readers to help us reduce the tragic number of drownings happening in New South Wales.

The figures, sadly, speak for themselves.

In the past decade, 60 children aged under five have drowned in a NSW swimming pool. Seventy children in the past 10 years have suffered neurological damage due to nearly drowning in a backyard pool. As many as 1000 children have been admitted to hospital for precisely the same reason. So many families are being affected and every drowning is an absolute tragedy. Obviously so many people are impacted. That's precisely why readers need to know laws around backyard swimming pools and spas are changing.

Put simply, whether you are selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool or spa, you must have a certificate of compliance. From April 29, 2015, it will be the law. We urge people, for safety's sake, to get ready.

When you look at the statistics, it's no wonder things are changing. We must protect children.

DAVID MACALLISTER
CEO Royal Life Saving Society NSW



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