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Pool and spa owners to face hot water for non-compliance

Published: 27 October 2015

Pool and spa owners to face hot water for non-compliance

The 30th November 2015 is the State Government deadline for all Queensland swimming pools and spas with a depth of more than 300 mm to meet the current standard for fencing, including signage and gate security.
 
This standard was introduced by the State Government on 1 December 2010.
 
Chair of the Logan City Council's Animals and City Standards Committee, Councillor Graham Able, said the standards, which were announced five years ago, provided owners with advance notice of the need to comply. 
 
"Pool owners have had plenty of time to comply. If you have a pool or spa and are not sure if it is up to standard, now is the time to have it inspected to put your mind at rest," he said.
 
"Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under five and effective fencing and associated safety measures – along with supervision and learn to swim classes – will save lives."
 
The standard covers such things as the height and strength of barriers, mandatory non-climbable areas, gate-latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area.
 
It applies to new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks and mobile van parks.
 
The State's pool laws are also applicable to portable / demountable pools capable of being filled with water to a depth of more than 300mm and hold more than 2000 litres.
 
Councillor Able said information was available on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au to help home owners assess whether or not their pools needed to be registered and compliant with the new standard.
 
Owners could also make enquiries 24/7 to the QBCC by phoning 139 333.
 
"If you want a sense of comfort, I recommend you engage the services of a licensed pool safety inspector to check your pool fencing," he said. 

"Local pool safety inspectors can be accessed via the QBCC website or a simple internet search."