Pool safety laws
AS WE head into summer, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett is reminding pool owners they have less than two weeks to ensure their pool fences meet new safety standards.
Mr Bennett said the new safety laws were phased in over the past five years to crack down on pool fencing and protect Queenslanders from drowning, particularly children under five years of age.
He warned that all pools, including spas and some portable pools, must meet the State Government single swimming pool barrier safety standard by November 30, or owners would face penalties.
“The new pool safety standard was introduced back in 2010 and householders were given a five-year grace period to ensure their pools were up to the standard. The grace period will run out in just under two weeks,” he said.
The single standard is designed to increase pool safety and simplify pool safety laws, which previously included 11 different safety standards.
The single standard covers such things as the height and strength of barriers, mandatory non-climbable areas, gate-latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area.
Mr Bennett encouraged pool owners to familiarise themselves with the pool safety standard and engage a licensed pool safety inspector to conduct a full safety audit.
“This time of year is a timely reminder to parents that backyard swimming pools pose an enormous threat to children and it’s important to remain vigilant,” he said.
Child drownings are one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under five.