Swimming pools should be fun. However, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of five years old. Supervising young children, teaching them to swim and having effective pool fencing can save lives. This is why pool safety laws were introduced, and fines from $800 will apply from 1 December 2015.
Here are some tools and tips from QBCC to help you navigate through the legal requirements so that you can learn more about your responsibilities as a pool owner.
Pool safety basics – what you need to do
- Register your pool – If you haven’t already registered, record your details online or if you’re not sure, search the pool safety register database
- Make sure your pool barrier complies with the law – To help you understand more, see Does your pool comply or to make it make it even easier, use the online pool compliance checklist. Click on the icon below to start.
- Get a pool safety certificate – This is a requirement only when you are buying or selling and if you don’t already have one that’s valid – Find out all the facts or go online to find a licensed pool safety inspector if you need to get a certificate.
If you want to know more, watch this short video to get the full picture:
Jason Thomson | Finance Broker and Mortgage Adviser | Smartline Cairns