Pools fail safety test
ALMOST 90 per cent of swimming pools in the Douglas region inspected since new laws were introduced last month have failed the safety test.
The laws, which came into effect on December 1, enforce mandatory pool safety certificates and inspections for regulated, shared and residential pools throughout Queensland.
Papillion Landscapes pool inspector Colin Cameron - one of only two licensed inspectors in the Douglas region - has inspected approximately 20 pools in the past two months and the bulk of these required remedial action.
“After looking at some hotels, it was obvious some need a lot of attention but there are others that have been sensationally maintained,” Mr Cameron said.
“I feel for them but we are all in the same boat.
“It is just one of these things that needs to get done, like getting a driver’s licence.”
Mr Cameron advised pool owners to take necessary steps to comply prior to seeking a safety certificate.
“There’s a few simple things you can do to make sure your pool complies,” he said.
“Make sure there’s no mulch covering the base of your fence so it has a consistent barrier of at least 1.2m all the way around.
“Ensure there’s no climbable objects within 30cm of your pool fence.
“Make sure all your components such as screws are in good working order and remove any potential footholds.
“And remember your gate needs to self-close and has to be able to open and close without any hindrance.
“The gate must also be able to sustain 33kg of weight bearing down on it without the latch opening.
“There are often very simple solutions you can implement which meet the new requirements. It doesn’t have to be a costly exercise, you just need to comply with the law.”
Kingfisher Fencing manager Greg Nicholson said the new pool laws were keeping him busy.
“I have had to install fences where a fence didn’t even exist, which is pretty dangerous,” he said.
“Most of the changes have been to rusted gates or gates not closing properly. A number of older resorts have had to update their fences which abide by the old laws.”