POOL SAFETY: Make sure your pool is up to scratch.
POOL SAFETY: Make sure your pool is up to scratch.

Pool safety in focus to prevent drowning deaths

With drowning one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under five, Isaac Regional Council is urging pool owners to make sure their pool fence measures up.

Chief Executive Officer Rod Ferguson said compliant pool fencing, with active supervision and learning to swim, saves lives.

"Queensland pools, including spas and portable pools, must comply with the pool safety standard," Mr Ferguson said.

"If you're not sure, contact Council and our licensed pool safety inspectors can check if it's up to standard for a cost-recovery fee.

"It's a small price to pay to improve safety for your loved ones, friends and family in our communities.

"If your pool is compliant, the inspector will issue you with a pool safety certificate."

For non-compliance with the pool safety standard, there is an on-the-spot fine of $824.60 for individuals and $2,356 for companies.

The maximum penalty a court can impose is $19,437.

All residential pools must also be registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

Penalties for failing to register a pool include an on-the-spot fine of $235.60 for individuals or $706.80 for companies.

The court can impose a maximum penalty of $2,356.

Information is available on the QBCC website - www.qbcc.qld.gov.au - to help home owners to assess their pools for compliance.


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