Child safety gate laws ‘are important’

Child safety gate laws are important, officials have claimed, after one man broke pool rules.

A man in Mooroolbark in Australia has been fined for leaving his swimming area open, the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader reported.

Yarra Ranges mayor Len Cox warned the law states pools must be locked to the public with gates as well as fencing.

"These important safety measures are in place to ensure the safety of young children," he told the newspaper.

A fine of AU$6,500 (£4,016) was levied against the man, who neglected to secure his gate with a child safety lock or other device.

Mr Cox stated the law forbids leaving pool areas open, while any objects that youngsters could climb to reach the water – such as tree branches or pot plants – must be removed, according to the publication.

The San Angelo Standard Times recently advised parental supervision is "essential" when children play around swimming facilities.

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