WATERCOOLER: Are Qld's pool fencing laws too strict?
QUEENSLAND pool laws are the strictest in the country. This over-reaction began when little Hannah Plint pulled a chair to a pool gate, opened it, then drowned in the swimming pool.
Since then all pools must be fenced, even though there is nothing to stop other creative kids from devising similar methods to enter pool areas.
We have become a nanny state, with pool fencing reaching hysterical levels.
Queensland has a virtual army of pool inspectors charging around issuing $250 fees for certificates.
The local swimming pool is allowed to operate on low patronage mode i.e. no life guard on duty, so anyone can stroll into the pool area.
Meanwhile, in Sippy Downs, there are six large lakes with no safety fencing making access easy for kids to drown themselves.
Pool areas should be safe, after all, there have been some 23 drownings in the last three years. But hardly a reason to have the strictest pool laws in the world.
The most sensible thing one can do is to teach your child to swim and never let them out of sight near swimming pools.
KEITH WHITESIDE, Sippy Downs
Do you agree? Has Queensland become a nanny state with 'pool fencing reaching hysterical levels'? Do you agree the most sensible thing to do is for parents to teach children to swim and supervise them around swimming pools?
Join our daily watercooler by leaving a comment below.
What you're saying on Facebook:
Robyn Baker: "Yep. Stroke of genius these laws. Have an open rural dam for stock but have to fence a pool. Also no little kids on acreage. Time parents knew where their kids are at all times instead of society having to be responsible for everyone else's kids. (waiting for the what if deluge now)."
David Billsborough: "What annoys me about all this is that if you live on acreage and have a pool and a dam in close proximity, you only have to fence the pool. Apparently kids can't drown in a dam. I agree with the overriding sentiment here - teach your kids to swim!!"
Jennifer Nash: "Of course fence the pool as a law because its do-able and it is reducing drowning so I dont see the argument? And of course teach your children to swim, because it reduces drownings (derr). You'd have to be a bit of a twit if you think we can fence dams, lakes canals etc. What the hell has that got to do with fencing pools?"
Aleesha Zunker: "Pool fences do not stop little ones all of my children can climb over it using just their toes .. Teach them to swim !"
Tara Ligt: :We live on a 30 acre property, we have no kids, no kids next door, we had to redo the fencing on the pool cause it was too close to the pool.... we have 3 dams that are not fenced..... really, if a kid was gonna drown it would be in the dam not in the pool which is right next to the loungeroom/kitchen. But why do we even have to fence the pool when there are no kids here!!??"
David Parker: "We have 4 children all of whom were taught to swim starting in a little wader pool and moving up ,,,,,, we have been for a while now, renting a property with a proper pool and no child is allowed in the pool area unsupervised ......but seriously all children should be ''waterproofed'' from an early age."
Nicole Hunter: "As a pool owner parental responsibility is all that is needed not stricter pool laws! It's called watch your kids and take responsibility."
Claire Mcrae: "When we were kids we swam in dams,creeks and rivers oh and our water tanks (sore butts for that one) un supervised,living the country life taught us alot.Now days parents dont even have a clue whats happening in there own house or yard.Rule 1 a parent is to be in the pool with there kids and 2.a parent should be in the fenced off pool area watching kids in the pool. NO Phones.Thats our motto."
Chelsea Schneider: "How is a dam, or the lagoon at Springfield different to a backyard pool that is fenced! If a child wanted to they could walk into the lagoon at night when there is no one around.
Teach your children to stay out of strangers yards and teach them to swim. The money going into inspecting people's houses with pools should be put into free swimming lessons!"
Bev Draper: "I totally agree. Are we going to fence the rivers and dams as well? No we aren't. It's ridiculous..... Teach your kids to swim AND watch them in, near, around any water, it's called parental responsibility."
Cam Jay: "And I guess we never have reports of run away inquisitive small children either that may enter neighboring yards where unfenced pools exist, We never have reports of gates proped open, kids climbing in yards and not every child or parent has the abilities to teach their children to swim be it physical or financial."
Jacky Jones-Barnes: "Everyone of these deaths could off been avoided not by fencing but by supervision.
I live in a rural area and need pool fenced but have numerous dams within walking distance. If children want to get into a pool area they will find away (chairs). My son could scale the pool fence when he was 2 years old. Was I concerned NO! I supervise my child as he has more chance of being bitten by a snake than drowning."
Wendy Garton: "Sadly, when something tragic happens, someone wants someone to blame! And in a way I can understand that, but my 3 boys grew up with a dam and a lake behind our home, they were taught from such an early age about safety, and not to go near it, and also had swimming lessons. Swimming lessons won't always help, but I, in some ways agree with the comment."