Pool owners have until this Sunday, November 30, to ensure their pools are compliant with new safety regulations, or they risk being fined.
The new pool safety laws commenced on 1 December 2010, with a five year moratorium and community education period. These new laws were introduced to better protect children aged under five from drowning.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Leeanne Enoch said that with less than a week of the five-year grace period remaining, many people have taken the right steps toward compliance.
“We know that pool inspectors and fencing contractors right around the state are flat out, which means many people are taking action to get their pools up to scratch,” Minister Enoch said.
Laurie Lawrence, the kids live do the five pool safety advocate said the bottom line is that pool fences save lives.
“The gate is the weakest link so it’s important to check that it latches and self-closes, and if it has a key lock, secure it when it’s not in use,” he said.
Mr Lawrence says that “we can all have a lot of fun in swimming pools, but it’s important to respect the risks and do everything we can to protect our young kids.”
From 1 December, local councils will be responsible for enforcing the laws which replaced 11 different standards to make it easier for owners to be comply.
Ms Enoch said while every pool owner needs to register their pool, not every owner needs to book a pool inspection.
“Owners need to make sure their pools meet the safety standard, but only need a pool safety certificate to sell or lease their property,” Ms Enoch said.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission have provided a checklist for pool owners to see if their pools comply with the new laws.
You can find more information here.