Hot weather brings pool safety warning

The summer heat has arrived and there is no better way to cool off than in a pool, but the Burdekin Shire Council is urging residents to keep their pools safe.

Council’s Senior Building Certifier Trevor Maltby said residents should be aware of the laws relating to permanent or inflatable swimming pools.

“Pop-up pools are popular as they can be put up in the yard of your home or rental property, but people need to realise these pools are also covered by strict laws,” he said.

 “Any pool that is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more needs to be fenced with a locked gate.

“Residents need to do the right thing and install a safety barrier or pool fence _ not just because it’s the law, but because it could prevent a drowning.

 “On-the-spot fines can be issued up to $700 per day for each day there is not fence around the pool.”

Mr Maltby said the State Government had introduced new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing drowning and immersion injuries in swimming pools.

“These laws come into effect from November 30, 2015, and affect new and existing pools. However if you a selling or leasing your property before that date residents will have to comply earlier,” he said.

“Our team of certifiers are able to provide Pool Safety Inspections and produce Pool Safety Certificates.”

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