Preventing Child Drownings
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of five years old. Supervising young children, teaching them to swim and having effective pool fencing saves lives. Owners of pools, spas and portable pools in Queensland must ensure their pool barrier complies with the pool safety standard.
The Building Act 1975 Section 8 mandates all owners / landlords to ensure their pool barrier continuously meets the pool safety requirements from 1 December 2010. A current pool safety certificate must be in place before the commencement of a new lease, or a lease renewal. In addition to the pool safety certificate, the pool barrier must at all times meet the requirements.
There are over 100 different checks that need to be performed. The most common include:
- Gate must self-close from all positions from almost closed to fully open
- The barrier must be a minimum of 1200mm high from permanent ground level
- All gaps must be smaller than 100mm including under the fence, under the gate, and between fence panels
- The resuscitation chart must be viewable from anywhere within the pool area (two or more charts may be required to achieve this)
- There must be a 900mm non-climb zone around the entire fence
- Outdoor furniture and pot plants must be outside of that non-climb zone
All of our inspectors have an unrestricted QBCC licence allowing them to perform small on site rectifications. This allows us to more frequently issue a pool safety certificate after the first inspection, saving the time involved in organising repairs and a re-inspection for minor items.
If the pool cannot be rectified on the day we provide industry-leading non-conformity reports with detailed photos and drawings. This allows your maintenance contractors to easily quote and rectify the issues.