Time running out to make pools safe
THERE are less than two weeks for pool owners to ensure that their pool fences meet new safety standards.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the new safety laws were phased in over the past five years to crack down on pool fencing and protect Queenslanders from drowning, particularly children under five.
He warned that all pools, including spas and some portable pools, must meet The State Government's single swimming pool barrier safety standard by November 30, or owners would face penalties.
"The new pool safety standard was introduced back in 2010 and householders were given a five-year grace period to ensure their pools were up to the standard… that grace period will run out in just under two weeks," he said.
"The single standard is designed to increase pool safety and simplify pool safety laws, which previously included 11 different safety standards."
Mr Bennett encouraged pool owners to familiarise themselves with the pool safety standard and engage a licensed pool safety inspector to conduct a full safety audit.
"This time of year is a timely reminder to parents that backyard swimming pools pose an enormous threat to children and it's important to remain vigilant," he said.
"While child drownings are preventable, sadly it is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under five.
"Compliant pool fences, along with supervision and swimming lessons, can and does save lives."
Bundaberg mother of one, Deane Drinnen agreed and stressed the importance of parents remaining vigilant with their children around water.
"As the mother of a one-year-old, I feel that pool safety is extremely important," she said.
"Many children love the water and would walk straight in unaware of the dangers."
For more information, contact the Burnett electoral office on 41115100 or to find a licensed pool safety inspector visit the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website at qbcc.qld.gov.au.