Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stay safe around your pool


Is your backyard pool safe? New pool laws aim to ensure fewer children die unnecessarily from drowning

 
Learning to swim is a vital life skill that every child should learn, especially if you have a backyard pool. But alongside this is the importance of pool safety.
New pool safety laws have been introduced in the past year, and every backyard pool must now be registered with your local council.
Pool owners should check the register to ensure their pool is listed. If it’s not on the register you have until this Wednesday, May 4, to list it, otherwise you could be hit with a $2000 fine.
Under the new pool laws, every pool must have a pool safety certificate, issued by a licensed pool safety inspector.

The pool safety standard applies to all pools associated with houses, units, hotels, resorts, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks, and other forms of short-term accommodation. It also applies to indoor pools, as well as outdoor pools.
As well as being on the register, safety barriers are mandatory for all portable pools and spas deeper than 300mm.
All pools must also display the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign adopted by the Australian Resuscitation Council near each pool.
There are regulations about the size, description, construction and placement of the sign as well.
One of the biggest changes to backyard pools is the rules for safety barriers.
Maintenance of pool fences is essential to reduce the number of drownings of young children.
Sadly, drowning is the leading cause of death in Queensland for children aged one to four years.
Supervision of children and teaching them to swim at a young age can save lives, but effective pool fencing is also crucial in keeping children safe.
Pool owners are responsible for ensuring the pool barriers are maintained and any damaged fencing fixed immediately.
Pool fences and safety barriers commonly fail inspections due to several reasons:
  • The gates may not be self-closing and self-latching
  • The height of the fence is less than 1200mm because of ground levels, or raised garden beds
  • The adjoining boundary fence has a climbable rail
  • The windows opening on to the pool enclosure are able to be opened with more than a 100mm gap
  • There are climbable objects near the fence such as pot plants, chairs or taps.
To ensure your pool complies with the new laws, make sure the height is correct all the way around; fix the hinges on your gates; remove climbable objects within 900mm of the fence; install permanently fixed security screens on windows that open into the pool enclosure; and trim back any vegetation or branches that a child could use to climb over the pool barrier.
For more information, go to: http://www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/poolsafety
You can check if your pool is registered, and get plenty of pool safety tips and an overview of the new laws.

22 comments:

Jill said...

Hello- great article as usual.

I totally agree and the rules obviously exist for a reason.

It is really important for parents to set the rules and be consistent so when they are not in the garden the kids know what to do. It is so easy for a child to pull a chair over from the veranda to reach up to the gate.
You could never forgive your self if anything happened.

It is also crazy to see how parents of young kids go to someone's hous with a pool and then do not supervise their own kid (who may not be able to swim!!). There needs to be a strict- Look after your own kid in the pool' policy!!!

Have a great long weekend!!

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Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me why we end up with more and more laws because of irresponsible parents - people who don't know what looking after kids means unless it is an iphone app. We have had a pool since our kids were 4 & 2 respectively and never had an issue because we drown proofed them and supervised them. Now because of idots who don't we are stuck with clandestine laws and expense unnecessarily. Our pool is about to become a new garden bed.

Raffols said...

Safety for the children should be the first thing to ponder whenever deciding to build a pool in your house. The effective way in which our children could be drowned proof is to have it fenced. A reliable pool fence is the one that follows the safety procedure provided by the law.

Henry Wilson said...

your post is great with awesome information. Learning the swimming is very necessary and life saving in many situation in life. Learning the swimming from childhood is best. But the safety precaution is must when the child is in the home. Like fencing is very important around the swimming pool for safety precaution
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Mazie Gentner said...

I’ve read a lot of safety precautions so I am confident that my pool is secured. I bought a pool fence from Tampa few years ago and it still looks pretty sturdy. My children love our swimming pool and they always prefer to spend their summer vacation at home rather than going to a public pool.

Vince Fury said...

Installing some swimming pool covers surrounding your swimming area is one of the things you can do. Aside from this, there are so many pool equipments you can install for the safety you needed.

Derrick Patterson said...

One of the things you can also do to make your pool safe is by installing a glass fencing perth. Most pools nowadays uses this kind of protection around the pool area.

Jasmine Piquet said...

Aside from the fences, pool covers would keep everyone in the house safe when they're not swimming. It also keeps the pool clean - less the stress of having to maintain a backyard pool!

Stella King said...

Pool fences are the best bet when it comes to safety. In terms of cleanliness, fiber glass is more convenient. It's easier to clean, and less slippery when it's empty. Thanks for all the information!

Amanda Fontana said...

I agree to that fiber glass pool! We have one at home, and it takes away the stress of having to clean a huge pool. Now all we need is a pool cover to keep it safe. Thanks for the suggestions!

Gavin Burgess said...

I guess this just goes to show how pool accessory manufacturers should pay more attention to design. They should put more emphasis on the fact that people buy their products for the safety part, and not just for the pool aesthetics.

Michael said...

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You have shared such a nice article. Pool fencing is very very important to keep your safe.

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Oscar Goldman said...

Looks like there's a greater need now to promote the use of pool protection items. Summer's coming up, so this really needs some more prodding.

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Polaris Hinge said...

Pool Fencing around your pool could greatly avoid any accidents around your pool.

Glass Fx said...

Being safe around your swimming pool with some pool fence installed will surely give you a peace of mind especially having small children playing around it!

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May Munro said...

Yes it is so good to think about the safety because safety is too necessary to know and do.


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stephenn richardsonn said...

When it comes to protecting the pool, glass pool fencing is considered to be the best of all.this type of fence gives us a clear view of the pool as compared to other fencing types.

Jessica Matters said...

Having glass pool fencing could greatly help you in protecting your children from any danger that could happen around your pool!
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Jade Graham said...

It's not self-closing and the latch is pretty old and rusty. Boresi Fencing

PST Pool Supplies said...

Learning how to swim is very important skill to teach your children specially if you have a swimming pool.

Another way to prevent accidents is to place alarms:

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