Fence sinks cheap pool

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JOEL MAXWELL

A Kapiti woman is ques­tion­ing The Ware­house’s word­ing on signs ad­ver­tis­ing swim­ming pools af­ter she dis­cov­ered the in­flat­able pool she bought from the chain store re­quires costly, per­ma­nent safety fenc­ing.

Joleen McEvoy wants to warn other cus­tomers about buy­ing tem­po­rary pools that might need a costly home ad­di­tion to be le­gal.

The Ware­house places signs around where it sells its pools, stat­ing the pools may re­quire fenc­ing and cus­tomers should con­tact their coun­cil to check on lo­cal re­quire­ments.

When Ms McEvoy rang Kapiti Coast District Coun­cil she was told there was never any ques­tion the In­tex-brand pool would need a per­ma­nent fence – which she said would prob­a­bly cost about $800.

But if she in­stalled a per­ma­nent fence it would have to re­main in her back­yard, fenc­ing off an empty space in win­ter when her fam­ily took down the pool, she said.

Ms McEvoy said The Ware­house’s signs and stick­ers on the pool left some doubt about whether the in­flat­able pools would need to be fenced off.

She said she was told by coun­cil staff that they had vis­ited The Ware­house to raise con­cerns about pool sales.

Coun­cil reg­u­la­tory man­ager Ken Smith did not con­firm whether staff had vis­ited the store, but said if prop­erly filled, the pools would need per­ma­nent fenc­ing.

‘‘Coun­cils have no con­trol over the sale of these pools. How­ever, most of the com­pa­nies that ad­ver­tise do have a warn­ing that the pool may re­quire fenc­ing to meet the Fenc­ing of Swim­ming Pools Act and ad­vise peo­ple to con­tact their lo­cal coun­cil.

‘‘It is cor­rect that the pools need to be fenced if filled to a depth of more than 400 mil­lime­tres.’’

Mr Smith said staff would act on any pools that did not com­ply with the act.

‘‘But ob­vi­ously, due to the tem­po­rary na­ture of them, a lot may go un­de­tected. Where of­fi­cers do find a pool, the ad­vice to users is that they should be filled to less than 400mm and should be strictly tem­po­rary.’’

The Ware­house replied to Ms McEvoy’s con­cern in an email.

‘‘All com­pa­nies that sell pools are re­quired to place on pack­ag­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing to con­tact coun­cil for fenc­ing re­quire­ments,’’ it said.

‘‘As a re­spon­si­ble re­tailer we com­ply with all ad­ver­tis­ing on pools we sell, as we place these warn­ings next to pools ad­ver­tised and on the prod­ucts them­selves that are sold in store.’’

The Ware­house stated it was the con­sumer’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to com­ply with coun­cil re­quire­ments.

Ms McEvoy said the store was cov­ered legally but not ‘‘eth­i­cally or morally’’. She be­lieved The Ware­house would sell fewer pools if it stated they needed a fence.

And even though it was un­likely she would get caught, Ms McEvoy still would not put up the pool she paid $150 for. ‘‘I’m too much of a goodytwo-shoes, un­for­tu­nately.’’

From left, Tishkin McKen­zieMcEvoy, Han­nah Goile-McEvoy, Nikita Goile-McEvoy and Bil­lie McKen­zieMcEvoy around the in­flat­able pool they won’t get to splash in this sum­mer.

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