Stay pool safe this summer

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With the school holidays upon us and the warmer weather sticking around, it is a timely reminder to stay safe around pools this summer.

Planning and Regulation Councillor, Grant Mathers, said whether your pool is inflatable, above ground, in ground or even a plastic shell pool, practising pool safety is essential in reducing drownings and immersion injuries.

“It is imperative that you consider the laws and risks before purchasing a pool or accessing a pool this summer,” Cr Mathers said.

“Pool safety laws require you to construct and maintain a compliant fence around your pool (inflatable or not) if it is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more, and it is principally used or designed for swimming or some other human aquatic activity.

“These laws and regulations are in place for a reason and can prevent children wandering into pools unnoticed.

“All regulated swimming pools and spas in Queensland must also be registered with the Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) and require a building permit in accordance with the Building Regulation 2021.

“Active supervision is also a key requirement in preventing drownings. Irrespective of the size or depth of the pool, children should be supervised at all times.

“Before accessing a pool this summer, take some time to ensure you are aware of the best way and how to supervise your children.

“To mitigate the risks around pools even further, you should teach your children how to swim and about water safety.

“Swimming is a fun, healthy activity for kids, so teaching them about what to do is one way to ensure their safety.

“Setting up a small temporary pool or accessing pools may be tempting as the days warm up, but pool safety, compliance and approval must remain top of mind.

“Supervising young children, teaching them to swim and having effective pool fencing can save lives – let’s keep swimming pools safe and fun this summer by following the laws and rules.”

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