Child safe play areas restrict a child’s access to water by creating a barrier between the child and a drowning hazard. They can be used both inside and outside the home to assist parents in the supervision of their children and are also commonly used on farms to prevent children from wandering into dams, rivers, feeding troughs or irrigation channels where large bodies of water cannot be fenced.
Child safe play areas can be as small and simple as a playpen or as large as a backyard fence. There should be no water bodies or drowning hazards within the play area but they should contain toys and equipment to ensure it is a fun place for children to play.
Secure fencing will help to prevent a young child from gaining access to water without adult supervision. Pool fencing requirements, including appropriate ‘child resistant’ gates and latches, can be used as a guide in planning a safe play area.