Supervise and know CPR

The home swimming pool is the most common place for injury and drowning death for children under five in the ACT.

Man puts CPR sign on gate

While a vital safety measure, fencing alone should not be relied on to protect against drowning risks. We strongly encourage people to always closely supervise children while they are in and around the pool and know how to perform CPR. In addition, the closer you supervise children in the pool, the quicker you can respond if an issue arises. Early action saves lives.

A guide to CPR using the DRSABCD first aid methodResuscitation refers to the actions taken to keep a casualty alive after their breathing and heartbeat has stopped. Resuscitation can mean the difference between life and death and early intervention with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can and will save lives and can help to reduce serious or long-term injuries. By taking the time to learn about resuscitation, you could save someone's life.

Arm yourself with the skills and knowledge to save young lives – the Royal Live Saving Society offer resuscitation courses providing people with training and knowledge in a range of areas including CPR.

Pool safety signage placed in the pool area is also a good way to constantly remind you of what to do in the event of an emergency. These signs detail the DRSABCD first aid method.

D – Danger? – Check for danger to yourself, the patient and bystanders.

R – Response? – Check the patient for response by talk (i.e. ask name) and touch (i.e. squeeze shoulders).

S – Send for help – if unresponsive send for help by calling triple zero (000). Stay with the patient until qualified personnel arrive.

A – Airway – open airway and ensure it is clear. If not, roll the patient onto their side and clear the airway.

B – Breathing – Check for breathing (look, listen and feel). If the patient is not breathing normally then start CPR. If they are breathing normally place the patient in the recovery position, monitor breathing, manage injuries and treat for shock.

C – CPR – Start CPR (30 chest compressions : 2 rescue breaths) and continue until help arrives or patient recovers.

D – Apply defibrillator if available and follow prompts.