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Importance of Pool Safety Laws

To prevent accidents and mishaps on swimming pools, the pool safety laws are revised by many governments. This is because despite the best efforts, the number of drowning incidents for younger children still shows an alarming number. Queensland has one of the strictest pool safety laws in the world and these have been revised to make it safer for children. Landlords and real estate agents need to be aware of these new changes as there can be severe penalties for non-compliance. Building and pest inspections in Brisbane include pool inspections on properties with shared and non-shared pools.

There have been some new changes made to the existing pool fencing laws in Queensland. These are discussed below:

CPR signs

The existing law regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation sign stated that the CPR sign must displayed at a prominent place near the swimming pool. The new law requires that it should also be in compliance with the new methods approved by the Australian Resuscitation Council.

Construction signs

Warning signs must be posted near the construction area if the pool is being renovated. This is to avoid any mishap occurring from construction activity. The new pool safety laws have the same requirement.

Fencing

According to the previous laws, it was a requirement for all swimming pools to have a compliant fence as all times. According to the new laws, these are now permitted for up to three months. After this, permanent fencing is required. Any permanent or temporary fencing has to be approved by the building inspectors.

Real estate agents must be familiar with the conditions of “Pool safety certificates” and “Notice of no pool safety certificate”. Pool safety certificate is acquired from pool safety inspector after its preceding process. “Notice of no pool safety certificate” is used in the absence of pool safety certificate. If the pool remains unqualified after inspection due to deficiencies, a “Non-conformity” notice is issued.

There are different laws for shared and non-shared pools. In case of shared pools, the pool owner has a period of 90 days from settlement to obtain a pool safety certificate in case it has not come into effect before the settlement. For non-shared pool, the purchaser has 90 days from settlement to obtain the certificate.

It is important for all landlords and property agents to be familiar with the existing and new pool safety laws and they must adhere to these strictly as failure to do so can result in huge fines and other penalties. All pool owners must have pool inspections in Brisbane carried out to ensure all rules and regulations are being followed according to the law.