Are you up-to-date on pool safety?
PLANNING on taking a dip in the cool refreshing water of a portable or blow-up pool this weekend to escape the heat? Make sure it's fenced off.
With temperatures expected to climb well above 40°C in some parts of the Valley, Clarence Valley Council has issued a reminder to people that under the NSW law, any swimming pool capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more must be surrounded by a child resistant barrier, complying with the Swimming Pool Act.
The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia has advised that drowning is the most common cause of accidental death in children in the 0-4 years age group and that the vast majority of deaths occur in private swimming pools.
A Clarence Valley Council spokesperson said Council regularly receives and investigates complaints concerning unfenced swimming, including portable or inflatable pools.
"The owner of an unfenced pool can be issued with a $550 Infringement Notice with fines of up to $5500 able to be issued if the matter is dealt with by a Court," the spokesperson said.
"Council's officers have recently issued several Infringement Notices in respect of unfenced swimming pools."
Child resistant barriers must:
- Be a minimum of 1.2 metres high (1.8m high if it is boundary fence).
- Have a maximum 100mm gap in between vertical components.
- Have a minimum 900mm between any external horizontal components
- Have a maximum 100mm gap between the bottom of the barrier and the ground
- Have an outward opening, self-closing and self-latching gate
- Have the gate release mechanism a minimum of 1.5 metres above ground