I moms , seeing how it is now warming up I just want to remind you all to be extra vigilant around pools. All pools should have pool fencing with a secure shutting gate and NO chairs or pot plants on the out side of the fence that little ones can climb onto and manage to huddle the fence. The gate should be well maintained and always in working order.
Now I wish to share a true story with you all.
My friend was swimming in her pool when her partner very calmly yelled out to her to swim fast to the side and get out quick. They live next to a bushy reserve and always check the pool before swimming. And this particular day was no different. Luckily her partner was close to the pool on this particular instant. It appears that a brown snake was in the filter/skimmer box and when she had dived in the water and started to swim it decided to come out. It actually started to follow/chase her. She did manage to get out of the pool without coming to grief. But it just comes as a warning to make sure you are on your guard always in and around the family pool. Snakes do have a tendency to visit pools on occasions on hot spring days or in summer as they are seeking a drink. Also may I point out that you should also walk around your pool (out of the water) looking at the bottom of the pool (this should be done before the filter is turned on, as when the filter is running it has a tendency to make waves and it is a little harder to see the bottom of the pool) you should be looking for spiders. Funnel webs can fall into a pool and drop to the bottom and appear dead even when they are not. They can actually survive for quite a while on the bottom of a pool. I am not trying to be an alarmist but just reminding all to be prepared, as it is better to be safe than sorry. Take care and supervise and enjoy your water fun.
Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia. Each week, on average, one child drowns. Lets put an end to childhood drowning for good.

In 1988 to combat drowning, Laurie Lawrence created the Kids Alive – Do the Five water safety program. The Kids Alive community service program educates the public on five important steps to reduce the risk of preschool drowning.
Fence the pool
Shut the gate
Teach your kids to swim – it’s great
Supervise – watch your mate and
Learn how to resuscitate

Posted by cherz, 19th October 2014

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  • stories are great


  • I love kids alive do the five. I got my water safety training from their site. Hi five larrie lawrence


  • exellent super story


  • ‘Kids alive-do the five’ is such a necessary and important message!

    • I have also experienced snakes in water!


  • Thanks for the lovely comments everyone. Stay safe and have a lovely summer. :-)


  • Thanks for the great reminders.
    When we open our pool up we always check the skimmer box and the pool as we live on a acre block and get lots of spiders havent seen any snakes yet but i know next door have.


  • Oh my goodness that is so scary! I wouldn’t have even thought about a snake being in the pool. Thanks so much for sharing this story I hope everyone reads it.


  • Try and supervise children outside even if you do have a fence and a pool latched locked gate children can move toys like bikes and things to help them club over fences


  • As someone who is new to AU thank you for the tips that I would never have thought off

    • Welcome Pakeko , do hope I have not frightened you off, but although Australia is very beautiful and a wonderful country to live, we do have a few nasties.


  • Good remindern ever season has its dangers and its always good to be reminded and then prepare every year is different :)


  • Have never really worried about snakes and spiders but from now on I’ll be checking.


  • Great reminder. Pools worry me. My parents have a pool and my kids love swimming and are good at it but you can never feel comfortable around them. We had a near miss with my 4 year old nephew last year, luckily we got to him in time but it was stressful for his Mum and Dad and myself (I rescued him).


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