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(iVillage Australia)   Because a few kids drowned, rational woman calls for a ban on backyard swimming pools in Australia   (ivillage.com.au) divider line 132
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2014-01-22 03:55:11 PM
These are not available down-under?

poolpatrol.com
 
2014-01-22 04:15:25 PM
Personally I'd rather have the pool than children. Not everybody breeds.

/Dammit, Australia, I thought you were rugged.
 
2014-01-22 04:38:20 PM
I would think mandatory swimming classes in school would be more constructive.
 
2014-01-22 04:45:41 PM
An outright ban, rather than increased regulation that still allows for legal ownership while working to reduce injury and death, is an entirely reasonable solution to a relatively rare occurrence.
 
2014-01-22 04:45:54 PM
brown kid problems
 
2014-01-22 04:48:05 PM
The biggest killer, when it comes to swimming pools, are those inflatable pools you buy for a couple hundred bucks from Walmart.  A professional, permanently built pool or hot tub is probably going to have a fence around it.  A temporary pool that is only supposed to last the summer, not so much.

Still shouldn't outlaw them, just should require they be kept in a secure area.
 
2014-01-22 04:48:58 PM
www3.images.coolspotters.com

It's your JOB to make sure kids DON'T DROWN.
 
2014-01-22 04:49:10 PM
I suppose that the pool season is pretty short in the alps anyway.
 
2014-01-22 04:49:21 PM
With all the shiat that's trying to kill you in Australia, this woman is focusing on water?
 
2014-01-22 04:49:42 PM
BAN ALL THE THINGS
 
2014-01-22 04:49:54 PM

Ambivalence: I would think mandatory swimming classes in school would be more constructive.


I think they already have those.
 
2014-01-22 04:51:52 PM
More kids die in bathtubs than in pools. Ban bathtubs!
 
2014-01-22 04:52:35 PM
Pools kill more kids than guns.
 
2014-01-22 04:52:57 PM

Jument: More kids die in bathtubs than in pools. Ban bathtubs!


Every five days a child dies from choking on food.

BAN FOOD
 
2014-01-22 04:53:39 PM
More kids drown in pools than are killed with assault rifles.
 
2014-01-22 04:53:40 PM

Molavian: Pools kill more kids than guns.


Ban pools!
 
2014-01-22 04:53:55 PM
They need to ban going into the ocean too.
 
2014-01-22 04:54:17 PM
while a concern, the dangers can certainly be guarded against with reasonable measures.

for instance, the house i recently moved into has an in ground pool in the back yard.  it was a concern as i have a toddler.  after splitting the yard in half with a deck & attached wall / railing & with the safety tarp that is secured on with over two dozen fasteners,  my concerns are less.
(notice i didn't say i'm just care free now. still have to pay attention & do the whole parenting thing.)

also: can't wait for summer!
 
2014-01-22 04:54:17 PM

namegoeshere: Jument: More kids die in bathtubs than in pools. Ban bathtubs!

Every five days a child dies from choking on food.

BAN FOOD


Ban solid food!
 
2014-01-22 04:54:24 PM
This kid drowned but still managed to get a head in life
i.imgur.com

/there is a motorized tarp for your in-ground pool. All electric and comes with a lockout. Can walk on it too, just like Jesus the gardener.
 
2014-01-22 04:56:17 PM
Remember when pools had diving boards?  It's only a matter of time until they come for the pools as well.

/ farking lawyers
// first ahole who got away with the damn "attractive nuisance" business can burn slowly.
 
2014-01-22 04:56:27 PM

Molavian: Pools kill more kids than guns.


Cars kill more kids than pools and guns combined.
 
2014-01-22 04:56:30 PM
I cannot fathom why you would want to own a pool in Australia. When my parents had a pool, I had to constantly skim out all matter of insects, snakes, spiders, not to mention leaves, and chase off critters that tried to swim in it. In Australia, all those things are either poisonous or venomous, or just plain vicious. A pool in Australia would be a death magnet, drowning not required.
 
2014-01-22 04:58:16 PM

namegoeshere: With all the shiat that's trying to kill you in Australia, this woman is focusing on water?


Well how else are you gonna get rid of deadly Pool Spiders? It's not that the kids can't swim, it's that they get dragged under the water by Pool Spiders and eaten.
 
2014-01-22 04:58:30 PM
It always amazes me the very ones that uphold natural selection are the very ones that fight it tooth and nail.
 
2014-01-22 04:58:42 PM
Is she aboriginal?
I bet she be aboriginal.
 
2014-01-22 04:58:55 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: [www3.images.coolspotters.com image 470x264]

It's your JOB to make sure kids DON'T DROWN.


I was busy writing in my gournal!
 
2014-01-22 04:59:44 PM
For me, the answer is simple.

And there it is, the one line that sums up the biggest problem with the world. *What I think is what YOU should be FORCED to think."
 
2014-01-22 04:59:49 PM

MythDragon: namegoeshere: With all the shiat that's trying to kill you in Australia, this woman is focusing on water?

Well how else are you gonna get rid of deadly Pool Spiders? It's not that the kids can't swim, it's that they get dragged under the water by Pool Spiders and eaten.


I will be calling you at 3 am to talk me down from that nightmare, thank you.
 
2014-01-22 05:00:47 PM

namegoeshere: Molavian: Pools kill more kids than guns.

Cars kill more kids than pools and guns combined.


Alcohol makes all three of these far more efficient.
 
2014-01-22 05:01:06 PM
Because we can no longer expect parents to parent their children, we have to ban everything fun.
 
2014-01-22 05:02:44 PM

Molavian: Pools kill more kids than guns.


Annnnnnnnd I"m 1 second too late.   :D      Though I'm not entirely sure your claim holds true however...     it's possible though.
 
2014-01-22 05:03:02 PM
FTA: The report cites lack of adult supervision as the number one issue. "Royal Life Saving says many of the incidents occur when adults are distracted, or mistakenly think someone else is supervising their child." The next main reason children drown in backyard pools is faulty or propped-open pool gates.

Yeah it's totally the pool's fault. If they weren't drowning, they'd probably die in some other manner because they still weren't paying attention to them. Especially for children under 5, they can very easily get into things that will harm them.
 
2014-01-22 05:03:28 PM

MythDragon: namegoeshere: With all the shiat that's trying to kill you in Australia, this woman is focusing on water?

Well how else are you gonna get rid of deadly Pool Spiders? It's not that the kids can't swim, it's that they get dragged under the water by Pool Spiders and eaten.


Pool spiders certainly like teh wimmens


i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-01-22 05:03:54 PM
In her defense, it probably is a lot easier to ban swimming pools than it is to be a responsible parent.
 
2014-01-22 05:04:23 PM
Send that woman to the beach and see if she can pull off what King Canute* failed to do.

*King Canute's gesture is frequently misinterpreted. He was not vain enough to think he could hold back the sea. He was rebuking his courtiers for their outrageous and shameless flattery.
 
2014-01-22 05:05:02 PM
"There are hundreds of millions of gun Pool owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns Pools comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period."
- Ted Nugent


You're welcome, Ted.
 
2014-01-22 05:05:13 PM

Mr.BobDobalita: Molavian: Pools kill more kids than guns.

Annnnnnnnd I"m 1 second too late.   :D      Though I'm not entirely sure your claim holds true however...     it's possible though.


It depends on how you're defining children, some groups include anyone under 18. Also, accidental death (like a kid finding daddy's gun) versus involvement in criminal activity (gang violence).
 
2014-01-22 05:06:12 PM

pyrotek85: FTA: The report cites lack of adult supervision as the number one issue. "Royal Life Saving says many of the incidents occur when adults are distracted, or mistakenly think someone else is supervising their child." The next main reason children drown in backyard pools is faulty or propped-open pool gates.

Yeah it's totally the pool's fault. If they weren't drowning, they'd probably die in some other manner because they still weren't paying attention to them. Especially for children under 5, they can very easily get into front things that will harm them.


daily.greencine.com
 
2014-01-22 05:07:18 PM
Ban the pools, let them swim in the rivers there.
/Crocs agree
 
2014-01-22 05:07:41 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: In her defense, it probably is a lot easier to ban swimming pools than it is to be a responsible parent.


Speaking of defence, it is a good idea to have one if you have a pool - and is law in California.
An ounce of prevention is better than 32,000 gallons of toddler death.
 
2014-01-22 05:08:00 PM
We want to decrease the number of kids drowning in pools. There are 2 ways to do that:

1. Decrease the number of pools
2. Decrease the number of kids

Ban the kids! Sterilizations for everyone!
 
2014-01-22 05:08:11 PM

Dont Call Me Shirley: It always amazes me the very ones that uphold natural selection are the very ones that fight it tooth and nail.


The world should be made LESS safe for people like that lady and her crotchfruit.

The only issue is that we need to ensure the dangers of the world get them before they can pass on their defective genes.
 
2014-01-22 05:08:20 PM

DrewCurtisJr: They need to ban going into the ocean too.


That won't work. It would require taking responsibility for one's own personal actions. We're going to have to go all out and ban oceans.
 
2014-01-22 05:10:07 PM
How about banning private pools in areas subject to epic droughts, seeing as they're underutilizing water resources? At least a communal pool, either municipal or club, is used by a higher number of person hours per gallon lost to evaporation.
 
2014-01-22 05:10:51 PM
From the fine article:

According to KidSafe, an average of two Australian children drown each week.
...
How many children's lives would be saved if backyard pools were banned? 31 last year
...
banning backyard pools is a the simplest way to arrest this shocking statistic and save hundreds, if not thousands of children's lives.
...


Is math different in the southern hemisphere??
 
2014-01-22 05:11:17 PM
Pools are pretty dangerous.. but in NZ we have pools everywhere and pretty low drowning numbers (in 2012 only 2 people drowned in home pools). This may be because we have hardcore pool regulations and constant education programmes.

Who knew that stuff would work?
 
2014-01-22 05:13:52 PM
My kid's allergic to water. I think it should be banned.
 
2014-01-22 05:15:10 PM

Keeve: DrewCurtisJr: They need to ban going into the ocean too.

That won't work. It would require taking responsibility for one's own personal actions. We're going to have to go all out and ban oceans.


There is a perfectly simple way of keeping kids safe from swimming pools.

Put little white fences around them.  If the children cross the white fences, well...

static.thecia.com.au
 
2014-01-22 05:15:19 PM
Can we please return to the time where "acceptable losses" was a thing?
 
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