On average, one child dies each year from a portable pool related drowning in Australia. Many more are hospitalised and are left with severe, life-long conditions including brain injuries.
Portable pools may seem safer - they are generally not as deep as in ground pools, are often temporary, and may appear less of a drowning risk. The fact is though, they are just as dangerous as below-ground pools. These pools include inflatable wading pools, plastic kiddie pools and even larger plastic pools with a frame.
Summer may be over, but until portable pools have been emptied and stored safely, the risk remains.
To read more on their Portable Pools campaign, head to Royal Life Saving Society's website.
Author: Josephine Moss (Swim School Coordinator)