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Every summer, Australians are injured or killed as a result of structural failures and drownings in the outdoor areas of our homes. Safety checks become especially important as many or us choose to entertain and enjoy the outdoors in the festive season.

Our balconies, decks and patios may require attention and since the end of last summer these could have developed structural problems over the winter, posing an unseen risk.

Safety barrier fencing and gates on our swimming pools and spa pools (including temporary pools) should also be checked. The safety of homeowners, occupiers, family, friends and children should always be the number one priority. 

Please read the recent media release from AIBS (Australian Institute of Building Surveyors) urging home owners to not be complacent about familiar home surroundings this summer and have safety checks on structures in outdoor entertaining areas.