Home' Splash Magazine : SPLASH Apl-May 2017 Contents Waterco has launched
a dynamic new website
with dedicated sections
for consumers, investors,
retailers and the media.
Group marketing director
Bryan Goh says the online
hub contains hundreds of
catalogues, manuals, case
studies and data sheets,
and is a comprehensive
resource that gives pool and
spa owners, water treatment
technicians and aquaculture
specialists detailed, up-to-
date information at the click
of a mouse. Waterco’s new
site has been tailored to
provide information for the
company’s various audiences
including pool professionals,
domestic pool owners, water
aquaculture sectors and
homeowners. Contact: www.
The Electrical Safety Office
(ESO) is investigating a
serious electrical incident
that happened in February
2017 in Townsville which
resulted in the death of
a person at a residential
property. Initial investigations
suggest the person was
handling a submersible pump
used to pump bore water
at the time of the incident.
ESO reminds people of the
danger electricity can pose –
especially where equipment is
located in a wet environment
and is energised. They warm
that if you are in possession of
broken or damaged electrical
equipment or are unsure of
the equipment’s safe use,
stop using it and contact a
licensed electrical contractor
to inspect it. Homeowners
should also consider ensuring
all power outlets have a safety
switch protecting them and
if unsure have a licensed
electrical contractor inspect
The ACT Government is trying to recruit all pool
owners to become Backyard Lifeguards as part
of a pool safety campaign in concert with Royal
Life Saving, Kids Alive and Kidsafe ACT.
The website provides information and advice
on how to keep kids safe, including details on
the importance of close supervision of chil-
dren in and around the pool; knowing CPR,
which can save lives and, if performed early,
help reduce serious or long-term injuries;
and checking that pool barriers meet current
Go to the QuickLinks tab at splashmagazine.
com.au to watch the videos and for links to
ACT Government recruits
Royal Life Saving has launched a campaign in
response to research showing that 1932 men
have drowned in the last decade, one in four
Men are four times more likely to drown than
women, with males accounting for 80 per cent of
all drowning deaths.
The Royal Life Saving “Don’t Let Your
Mates Drink and Drown” campaign is urging
men to look out for each other, and to avoid
alcohol consumption before and during
swimming, boating and fishing in order to
prevent further lives being lost to drowning.
The campaign has been developed with support
from the Federal Government.
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, CEO,
Justin Scarr says that the culture of drinking around
water means men are at greater risk of drowning.
“ We all know that men are prone to taking
unnecessary risks and over-estimating their
abilities, but after a few drinks this can be life
threatening,” he says.
One quarter of men were drunk and swimming
when they drowned. A further 22 per cent were
drunk while on a boat or when using a watercraft.
The Don’t Let your Mates Drink and Drown
campaign targets men aged over 34 as research
shows they are at higher risk of drinking and
drowning than teenagers or young men.
“ The campaign encourages men to look out for
their mates by avoiding alcohol around water, and
keeping them out of trouble by pulling them into
line if they ’ve been drinking and decide to go for a
swim or take the boat for a spin,” says Scarr.
The campaign will remind men of the risks
of drinking and drowning through social media
advertising, radio and TV community service
announcements, print advertising, and localised
activities and events, urging men to look out for
their mates’ safety.
Research by Royal Life Saving Society has
revealed that 1932 men aged 15 years and
over have fatally drowned between 1 July 2006
and 30 June 2016, with one in four incidents
Of the men who had been drinking and
subsequently drowned, 66 per cent would have
failed a random breath test with a recorded blood
alcohol content above 0.05.
Alcohol increases the risk of drowning by
impairing judgement, reducing coordination,
delaying reaction time, and heightening the
chance of hypothermia.
Don’t drink and dive
The video and
on keeping kids
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